Update: Chiefs are putting Fisher at RT and Stephenson at LT
We are six days from the Kansas City Chiefs season opener against the Houston Texans and there are only two things I know for sure about the offensive line: Ben Grubbs will start at left guard and Mitch Morse will start at center.
The rest? I can't confidently tell you what's going to happen, thanks to injuries and position battles.
Eric Fisher will start at left tackle -- if he's healthy. There's at least some concern about whether Fisher, who has an ankle sprain, will be ready but Andy Reid indicated that he has a shot. If Fisher can't go, Donald Stephenson can step in at left tackle and the Chiefs likely won't miss a beat at that position. Frankly, Stephenson could be the better option anyway given that Fisher hasn't practiced in weeks. Stephenson replacing Fisher on the left side would create questions on the right side.
Speaking of that right side, it's a complete question mark heading into this week, and the rest of the season. Jeff Allen is currently hurt with a knee sprain. Reid has indicated that Allen is behind Fisher in terms of his recovery so Allen does not seem likely to be playing on Sunday against the Texans. If Fisher plays and Allen does not, Stephenson can play right tackle. If both Fisher and Allen are out, the Chiefs just signed Jah Reid who would presumably be the one to step in along with Stephenson.
Paul Fanaika played some right tackle this preseason, although Stephenson is the better fit there.
The starting right guard position could depend on how the health of Allen shakes out or it could be Laurent Duvernay-Tardif's job. Reid singled him out this week and said that LDT has "made a good case" for the starting right guard job. You can put his name down in pencil for now.
It's frustrating that the Chiefs offensive line is once again the biggest question mark. The Chiefs knew after last year this was an area they had to get better, and they did put investments into the line with the addition of Grubbs and Morse. However, the injuries to Fisher and Allen have things up in the air right now.
I made it all the way down here and I didn't even mention what could be a huge problem this week: JJ Watt. The reigning defensive player of the year can feast on an offensive line with as many questions as this. Yeah, I'm a little worried.