The Kansas City Chiefs will go through practice this week. Alex Smith and Spencer Ware are both dealing with concussions and will work with the doctors to be cleared. If I’m predicting whether they will play this weekend against Jacksonville, one week after a concussion, I’ll tell you that I don’t think they will play.
I’m not working with any inside information here and obviously every concussion is different. I’m looking back at the Chiefs recent history with concussions and I noticed last year that they were very cautious with them (as they should be).
Remember Jeremy Maclin last year? He was set to play against the Steelers after a concussion in Minnesota the week before but he was a surprise scratch at the last minute. That came at a time when the Chiefs were 1-5 and desperately needed their best receiver in the game.
Mitch Morse last year? He had two concussions. The first one came during the season and he missed his only regular season start the next week. He received another one in Week 17 and the Chiefs ruled him out for both playoff games. Morse was good last year and the Chiefs needed him to play. But they sat him.
I’m keeping those in mind as we figure out what the Chiefs will do this week. The good news is that they have legit replacements for each. Nick Foles proved he can come in and win a game which is all you can ask for from your backup quarterback. Charcandrick West is a good backup for Ware but he might need some help this week if Jamaal Charles isn’t coming back.