Albert, Poe headline Monday injury updates

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Chiefs starting left tackle Branden Albert was in and out of Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders dealing with knee and elbow injuries.

But good news surrounding his status arrived Monday during coach Andy Reid’s weekly media session.

“We think he’s going to be OK,” Reid said. “It doesn’t seem to be too severe.”

Aug 9, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Dontari Poe (92) in the third quarter of their game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Aug 9, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Dontari Poe (92) in the third quarter of their game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Starting defensive tackle Dontari Poe also briefly left Sunday’s game and was observed receiving attention on the sideline trainer’s table.

Poe finished the game with a sprained ankle and Reid revealed the injury has been a recurring issue.

“Dontari Poe has a sprained ankle that he’s been dealing with here for a couple of weeks, tweaked it again during the game,” Reid said. “He’s a pretty tough character, he keeps playing away.”

Poe’s injury may not be a big problem at this point when considering he hasn’t shown up on recent weekly injury reports.

Reid sounded optimistic tight end Anthony Fasano (ankle, knee) could return to practice in the coming days. Fasano, who hasn’t played since Week Two, put in limited practices in recent weeks. He was inactive Sunday.

“There’s a chance,” Reid said of Fasano’s possible return. “He should be OK. He had a pretty rough workout yesterday as far as being pushed along there and he handled that well, felt good today.”

Meanwhile, Reid said starting cornerback Brandon Flowers has “knee inflammation.”

Flowers tweaked his other knee on the last day of practice before Sunday’s game and was inactive against the Raiders, marking his second missed game of the season. Flower also sat out Week Four’s home game against the New York Giants with a knee injury.

The Chiefs return to the practice field on Wednesday as they prepare to host the Houston Texans at Arrowhead Stadium in Week Seven.

Notes: Reid gave tribute to the Chiefs fans, who set a new Guinness World Record for loudest outdoor stadium at 137.5 decibels … “It was tough playing on offense for the Raiders just from a communications standpoint and that showed,” Reid said of the crowd noise … Reid took responsibility for the Chiefs offense inability to sustain drives … “I don’t think I did a very good of putting the guys in a position to make plays and I think that was obvious at times,” Reid said … The Chiefs were 4-of-14 (29 percent) on third conversions against the Raiders … A reporter, apparently unaware the Chiefs coach calls his own offensive plays, asked Reid: “When you say you need to get better with the offense, how do you do that? Does that mean you’re going to call some plays, override plays that’s called?” … “Well, listen, I’m calling the plays,” Reid responded. “There are a couple I’d like to override.”

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