Eric Fisher could miss the start of the season for the Kansas City Chiefs, as he will be out for a couple of weeks with an ankle sprain.
An MRI scan confirmed the first overall pick of the 2013 draft will miss a couple of weeks of action after injuring himself at the Chiefs’ Monday practice.
ESPN’s Ed Werder confirmed the news on his twitter account. The left tackle played a big part in the Cheifs’ offense last season, blocking quarterback Alex Smith’s blind side.
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He is the second starting tackle to be injured as right tackle Jeff Allen already suffered a knee injury earlier in the preseason.
This is a big problem for the Chiefs, as they rely on a successful offensive line to create opportunities for their running game through Jamaal Charles.
They’ll be glad he is only out for weeks, not months, but the preseason is where the starting offensive line needs to band together and be on the same page. His absence won’t help that.
The Chiefs will have to go with Donald Stephenson and Jarrod Pughsley as their starting tackles when they play against the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday, which isn’t good in terms of NFL experience. Stephenson has only started 14 games in three seasons with the Chiefs, whilst Pughsley has never played a game in the NFL.
This hasn’t come at a good time for Fisher either, as it is a make-or-break season for him. A decision on his fifth-year option on his contract has to be made in May next year.