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Kansas City Chiefs continue rotating their offensive line but injuries leave things up in the air

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs continue to rotate their offensive line. That's partially because two linemen (Eric Fisher, Jeff Allen) are injured and partially because we still have a competition going at right guard. Because Allen is hurt, we don't know yet where the Chiefs stand with their competition at right tackle.

Per ESPN's Adam Teicher and the Kansas City Star's Terez Paylor, the Chiefs rotated Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and Zach Fulton in at right guard. If Allen is your right tackle - which we can't say for sure yet - the right guard battle is noteworthy.

However ... if the Chiefs see things the way I do then there shouldn't be much of a right guard competition. Jeff Allen should be at right guard and Donald Stephenson should be at right tackle. The Chiefs spent time with a line like that this offseason before switching Allen to right tackle. Allen is injured at the moment so we don't know how the Chiefs feel about him at guard vs. tackle.

All that said, the Chiefs need to prepare themselves for any scenario this year. If they went my route and had Allen at right guard and Stephenson at left tackle then only one injury at tackle would derail their plans. If Fisher, for example, were injured, Stephenson would flip to the left tackle and Allen would move to the right tackle while LDT / Fulton / ??? would be the right guard. Thus the reason to be ready for all possibilities, including LDT / Fulton at guard and Allen at tackle -- it just takes one injury.

Both Allen and Stephenson have been attending practice so perhaps that is a good sign for their return.

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