Even though Eric Fisher is still recovering from a high ankle sprain I am still surprised by this report from Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle that Jah Reid, not Fisher, is expected to start at right tackle. This is unconfirmed at the moment but inactives will be out at 10:30 a.m.
Chiefs tackle Eric Fisher expressed concern about his high ankle sprain to team, Jah Reid expected to line up right tackle against J.J. Watt— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) September 13, 2015
The Chiefs listed Fisher as questionable entering the game but Andy Reid was talking throughout the week as if it was more likely that he would play. This means that Jah Reid, who was signed just last week, will be starting at right tackle, according to the Aaron Wilson report. Earlier this week Reid announced that Fisher would be playing right tackle while Donald Stephenson would play left tackle.
The Chiefs now need to have a plan for a third tackle. Maybe Fisher is active and will only play in an emergency. Or perhaps Jeff Allen, who is also dealing with an injury, is active and acts as the third tackle.
I don't expect this to happen to Jeff Allen but last year a new right tackle (Ryan Harris) started the season in place of the suspended Stephenson and never gave the job up.
Update: As our pal Herbie Teope points out, perhaps the field conditions played into this decision.
The Chiefs aren't happy with the condition of the field here in Houston. This is one seam... http://t.co/y9Vr8y0VGr pic.twitter.com/Zh7LWVqAfj— Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) September 13, 2015
Another update: More confirmations...
A source confirms Fisher told the #Chiefs he wanted to opt out of starting Sunday bc of his left high ankle sprain. @AaronWilson_NFL 1st.— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) September 13, 2015
Just confirmed with Jah Reid's agent, Derrick Fox: Reid was told he'll start at right tackle for the #Chiefs vs. #Texans and J.J. Watt.— Eric Edholm (@Eric_Edholm) September 13, 2015