It was reported by the Houston Chronicle shortly before Sunday's Chiefs-Texans game that Eric Fisher would not be playing in the game and that Jah Reid would be starting in his place at right tackle. The report stated that Fisher told them that he was concerned about his ankle.
Andy Reid spoke to the media after the game (via 101 The Fox's postgame audio). Here's what he had to say.
"It got to the point where it wasn't getting better," Reid said of Fisher's high ankle sprain.
Reid said that they "kept in communication with him throughout" and that Fisher thought he could play but it didn't end up working out. The Houston Chronicle report stated that the team was upset that Fisher told them on Friday that he was concerned about his ankle but Reid did not indicate that when speaking to the media after the game. Fisher told ESPN's Adam Teicher that it was completely the Chiefs decision not to play.
"He was trying to push through it and he was having a hard time getting his hips rolling over that," Reid said. "I just said we can't put ourselves in a position like that."
That it was the Chiefs decision and not Fisher's is a key point here because this blew up on Chiefs Twitter with people reading it as "Fisher asked out of a game against the NFL's best defensive line".
Jah Reid took a lot of reps at right tackle on Friday, although Fisher did practice, too.
Fisher did see some time in the game, however. Late in the game Donald Stephenson hurt his finger so Fisher went in there. Reid said that Stephenson's injury is not serious.