Kansas City Chiefs fans will be happy to hear that Dontari Poe is back practising and could play in their week one match up.
The nose tackle wasn’t placed on the PUP list despite the fact he missed all of training camp after he had back surgery in the spring. This was a sign that Poe would be available once again for the AFC West team before week six of the regular season, but not many expected it to be week one.
Head Coach Andy Reid has said there is a chance the two-time Pro Bowler could be on the field against the Houston Texans on the opening weekend of the new season.
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He said according to the Kansas City Star: “Poe will start practice, it will be a limited number of reps — we’ll just kind of monitor him. He went through our 10-10-10 [practice] yesterday and did well, and he’s on schedule to possibly have an opportunity to play against the Texans.
“We’ll just see how he does here once he gets the pads on Wednesday. But he feels good, he felt good after yesterday’s work, and we’ll see how things go. We’ll kind of take it day-by-day.”
This is great news for Chiefs fans as they’ll have one of their key defenders back on the field sooner than expected. In his three years in the league, Poe has achieved 135 tackles, 10.5 sacks, and deflected nine passes. The first round pick of the 2012 draft earned himself a Pro Bowl selection in the 2013 and 2014 seasons.