The Kansas City Chiefs struggled on defense in their opening loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Four defensive starters missed the game: Tamba Hali, Anthony Toribio, Kendrick Lewis and Brandon Flowers. It's tough for any defense to overcome that type of loss all at once.
Hali will return from his one-game suspension, but the Chiefs could also have Flowers—their No. 1 cornerback—on the field against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.
Flowers has been cleared to play, according to head coach Romeo Crennel (via Adam Teicher of The Kansas City Star). Flowers suffered a heel injury during training camp and missed all of the preseason in addition to Week 1.
Flowers isn't 100 percent, but he fully participated in practice on Thursday. It's Flowers' decision whether to play or not against the Bills. Usually when a team puts the decision on a player, it expects the player to play, so it would be surprising if he didn't, especially considering the issue the Chiefs had with Jacques Reeves last week.
Outside of a little pressure from Justin Houston at times, the Chiefs didn't get any pressure on Matt Ryan last week, and he picked apart Kansas City's depleted secondary. With Hali back from suspension and the potential return of Flowers, the Chiefs could get their defense back on track this Sunday.
Here's a quick tour around the rest of the AFC West.
KCChiefs.com reporter Rachel Santschi talks to five players about the upcoming game against the Bills.
Raiders.com has posted the video and transcript of defensive coordinator Jason Tarver's Thursday media session.
Michael Gehlken of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that Ryan Mathews returned to practice in helmet and pads and has been cleared for contact.
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