We got a piece of good news from the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday. Before Chiefs assistant coaches took their turns at the podium to field questions from reporters, the team made some personnel announcements.
Offensive linemen Mitch Schwartz and Eric Fisher would be back with the team, though Schwartz would be held out of practice and Fisher would practice. Running back Darrel Williams would not practice due to an illness.
Thursday’s NFL transaction report showed that Fisher and Schwartz have been removed from the team’s reserve/COVID list, on which they were placed on Monday. This makes them eligible to play in Sunday night’s game against the Las Vegas Raiders. Reports at the time indicated that neither of them tested positive for the virus but were placed on the list after being in close contact with an infected person.
Fisher is healthy and should be expected to start against Las Vegas in his usual position at left tackle.
Schwartz has already missed three games at right tackle with a back injury. While we were hopeful that he might be ready to play on the Sunday following the bye, the fact that he is not practicing on Thursday suggests that backup offensive lineman Mike Remmers will continue to be first in line to fill in.
Remmers, however, was listed as a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice. If he ends up being unavailable to play against the Raiders, we could expect that undrafted rookie Yasir Durant will step in for Schwartz. Durant had a limited number of snaps subbing for Remmers when the veteran was shaken up in the Week 9 game against the Carolina Panthers.
Rookie cornerback BoPete Keyes didn’t practice on Wednesday because of an illness. The Chiefs said he would be back at practice on Thursday.