The Kansas City Chiefs absolutely have to stay healthy to have a chance to win in 2012. There's no way around it. As many roster moves as the front office has made, the Chiefs are still a bit thin in key positions to withstand a significant injury, so the news that Brandon Flowers was taken off of the field in training camp earlier this week is an update worth watching like a hawk. The reason? The loss would be devastating to the Chiefs defense.
The Chiefs have an impact secondary in the making, but it revolves around Flowers as the cornerstone at cornerback while Eric Berry comes back from injury last season. The team already lost four-year starter Brandon Carr and replaced him with Stanford Routt. While it might have served as a better value play, the Chiefs can't afford to lose Flowers for any length of time and go with Routt as the team's best corner option.
The team definitely has depth at the position with some guys who excel on special teams. Travis Daniels is versatile and a solid back-up. Jalil Brown impressed at season's end. Javier Arenas is also around, but none of these guys can hold down an opponent's top receiver for any length of time the way that Flowers can shut down a quarterback's greatest option.
More news should come out today about Flowers injury and Chiefs Nation is hoping there's nothing to really worry about. But if it's another worst-case scenario, a season that hasn't even started will suddenly take a major nosedive.
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