NFL Network's Ian Rapoport tweeted this before last Thursday's game between the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs:
Expectation is it’ll be Jah Reid starting at OT tonight for #Chiefs, while Eric Fisher’s ankle heals. I’m told it’s strictly injury-related— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 17, 2015
I do not believe this to be injury related because Fisher was listed as probable and a full participant in practice. Coaches can say mostly whatever they want without consequence; it's what he does that really matters. Fisher has played in the last two games when Donald Stephenson was nicked up. Fisher has played on special teams. Armed with that information, this sounds like Chiefs coach Andy Reid covering for his guy. Fair enough.
His replacement, Jah Reid, did an admirable job in replacing him in Week 1 against JJ Watt. Jah Reid didn't do as well last Thursday in a difficult assignment against Von Miller. I asked Jah Reid after the game if he knew what the plan was for next Monday in Green Bay and he didn't. Andy Reid also said the same thing -- "we'll see" how it goes, he said.
What about Jeff Allen? The Chiefs had been playing him at right tackle but Allen went down with a knee injury early in the first preseason game. He, too, was a full participant in practice and listed as probable. That tells us he should have been healthy enough to play. If he wasn't then either I don't understand the injury report or Andy Reid doesn't.
Allen and Fisher seem to be healthy enough to play against Green Bay. If so, this is the week to make a decision because of the extra time they had from last Thursday's game. It would be best for the team if their No. 1 pick was able to beat out the guy signed off the street the week before the season but ultimately the Chiefs have to play the best player they have. That could be Fisher. It could be Allen. Or it could be Jah Reid. This is the week a decision comes.
The key will be monitoring the practice reps. Whoever is getting the most first team reps is the most likely to play.