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.