The struggling Kansas City Chiefs host the Denver Broncos on Sunday, and will be forced to do so with a vastly diminished offensive line. Left tackle Branden Albert did not practice this week, and remains doubtful for Sunday's game. In addition to the Albert injury, Chiefs center Ryan Lilja is doubtful after missing practice this week with a knee injury and guard Jon Asamoah is questionable after suffering a thumb injury.
Kansas City offensive coordinator Brian Daboll was asked about the o-line issues earlier in the week:
Q: Looks like there are some injuries on the offensive line that will have an impact on who is going to play. How much more difficult is that when preparing to play this Denver team?
DABOLL: "The combination of those five guys is really so critical to the run and the pass game, the continuity of the line calls, making sure they're right on passing game or stunts in the running game. So they're out there and right now we've been practicing some different combinations and making sure we've got our bases covered, but continuity in the offensive line is really critical."
If Albert cannot play, then the Chiefs will likely turn to rookie tackle Donald Stephenson. Stephenson has appeared in all ten games for Kansas City this season, starting twice. It is also possible Eric Winston would slide over to replace Albert, something Daboll mentioned in his remarks as well.
Kickoff between the Broncos and host Chiefs is scheduled for Noon CT from Arrowhead Stadium.