Kansas City Chiefs have been dealt a huge blow ahead of their crucial last game of the NFL regular season after it was revealed that Alex Smith will miss out.
The Chiefs quarterback has been ruled out of the Chiefs' final game of the season at home to San Diego after news broke that confirmed he lacerated his spleen last week.
Smith admitted today that he was surprised at the extend of his injury. Suffering such an injury can be potentially life-threatening, but it's understood that Smith's case is not that severe.
However, the shock of the injury has taken Smith by surprise, with the signal caller admitting he only decided to finally get his discomfort from the weekend checked out a few days ago. Smith suffered a shot to the abdomen last weekend against Pittsburgh, and only now has it been diagnosed as a lacerated spleen.
"It certainly wasn't something that prohibited me athletically, I didn't feel like it was muscular, just discomfort," Smith said, NFL.com reported. "Nausea coming and going, I knew a bug was going around, I thought maybe it was that. I practiced both days, I felt great athletically running around and throwing.
"I had this constant deal going on and then doc urged me to go get the test. I was pretty reluctant yesterday. I said I was alright and they pushed me to get checked out and I got the call that I had the laceration on there and it was enlarged."
Slim playoff hopes
Smith has been a solid performer for the Chiefs so far this season. It certainly has not been a season to write home about for Smith, but nonetheless, Kansas City will be worse off without his services.
This likely means that the Chiefs will rely heavily on star running back Jamaal Charles this weekend, with the Chiefs needing to beat San Diego as well as Baltimore and Houston losing to make the post-season.