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Chiefs’ issues: Injuries, quarantines, offensive line

Head coach Andy Reid is confident his “scrappy” group of linemen can handle Bucs’ challenges.
Chiefs offensive tackle Eric Fisher, center, won't be playing Sunday and the current offensive line is not the "prettiest bunch" coach Andy Reid says.
Chiefs offensive tackle Eric Fisher, center, won't be playing Sunday and the current offensive line is not the "prettiest bunch" coach Andy Reid says. [ REED HOFFMANN | AP ]
Published Feb. 4, 2021|Updated Feb. 4, 2021

Four players missed the Chiefs’ practice session Wednesday in Kansas City, as expected.

Two have injuries expected to keep them out of the Super Bowl: left tackle Eric Fisher (Achilles) and rookie linebacker Willie Gay Jr. (knee, ankle). Two are others on the reserve/COVID-19 list due to close contact: wide receiver Demarcus Robinson and center Daniel Kilgore.

Coach Andy Reid was pleased with the players who did participate, including receiver Sammy Watkins, who has been sidelined with a calf injury since Week 16.

The big issue for the Chiefs is how to best arrange their offensive line, which had already been impacted by injuries before Fisher got hurt, in facing a dominant Bucs’ defensive front.

“It’s one of the best defensive lines that we’ll be facing this year,” Reid said. “We know and respect them a lot and we know that we’re going to have to play very well. My guys have been practicing hard the last couple weeks here trying to make sure their technique and fundamentals are proper since we’re playing against that group.

“We’re not the prettiest bunch on the offensive line, but I’ve got scrappy guys and they’ll figure out how to do it well.”

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