Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers (24) returns a fumble for sixty four yards in the first quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Brandon Flowers back at practice, Travis Kelce still out

Kansas City Chiefs star cornerback Brandon Flowers left last week’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles in the second half with knee inflammation, and he was a game-time decision with a knee injury for that game, too. Flowers came into the week still suffering from some knee soreness, but the Associated Press’s Dave Skretta reports that Brandon Flowers is back on the practice field for the Chiefs today. His return to practice here on Thursday means that there should be little doubt that Flowers will play on Sunday against the New York Giants, and that shows some nice toughness from Flowers, who is clearly in pain.

It’s obviously great news for Chiefs fans that Flowers is healthy enough to practice, because they need him at full strength on Sunday. While the Giants are 0-3 and couldn’t even score a point against a hobbled Carolina Panthers secondary (they were down two CBs and both starting safeties), they do have plenty of talent in the passing offense. Despite his interceptions this season, Eli Manning is indeed a very good starting QB, Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz are two excellent wideouts, and Brandon Myers and Rueben Randle are two nice complementary pieces in the Giants offense. Since Cruz kicks in side and plays in the slot quite a bit, I would expect Flowers to be matched up against Nicks for most of his snaps in the next game.

Rookie tight end Travis Kelce hasn’t played in a game yet this season, and it’s becoming increasingly interesting to see when Kelce will get back on the field. Skretta tweeted that Kelce is among those not practicing today, and his knee injury must be more painful and worse than initially anticipated. It looks like Kelce won’t be playing for a fourth straight week, and that’s a bit concerning with Anthony Fasano nicked up and not practicing. Kelce has quite a bit of talent, so it’s disappointing to see him hindered by an injury; I really do want to see what he can bring to this Chiefs passing attack.

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  • freshmeat62

    I don’t know the cause of Flowers knee problem but this being a long week I would have him resting it doing nothing if that would help. Chiefs can’t afford to lose him especially this week w/ the Giants and their passing game.

    • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

      Yeah, rest is far more important than practice for an elite, established CB like Flowers, so I’m with you on that one. The long week was just a godsend for Flowers and his knee, and he does have a tough matchup ahead of him against Nicks, who is such a physical freak. I was criticized for being critical of how Flowers played against D-Jax, but I think we can all agree that Flowers needs to be healthy in order for this Chiefs defense to be at maximum effectiveness. But man oh man has this Chiefs D looked great this year; monster seasons from Poe and Houston thus far.

  • paul pace

    Looks like Kelce is becoming another Moeaki. That is too bad because he also has a lot of talent just like Moeaki.

    • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

      Ugh, I feel so bad for Moeaki, because the guy just can’t seem to stay healthy. Kelce looks like a great replacement for Moeaki, except for the fact that Kelce isn’t established and could end up missing the first four games of his NFL career. I hope he can get on the field ASAP, and it would just stink if he ended up being the next Moeaki. Not because Moeaki is bad, but because, as you stated, it sucks watching a talented player constantly hobbled by injuries. It’s too early to characterize Kelce as such, but it’s not a good early sign either.

      • paul pace

        I hope I am wrong Joe and, hopefully, Kelce can get healthy soon so we can see what he can do. Like you, I feel bad for Moeaki and I wish he was playing for us now. In fact, I really don’t know what happened to Moeaki after the Chiefs released him from their active roster. Do you know what became of him?

        • superman_25_58

          He got waived and no one pick him up and with some rule he is on the Chiefs IR I believe. Not totally sure though

          • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

            A couple of Chiefs fans and I had this exact same discussion about a week ago, and we also figured out that Moeaki is on the IR. Link here: http://media.kcchiefs.com/players/injured-reserve.aspx

          • paul pace

            O.K. I was justing wondering what happened to him.