One of Kansas City Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel's goals in the final preseason game was to get through it without any injuries. The Chiefs might not have accomplished that in a 24-3 loss on Thursday night against the Green Bay Packers.
According to the Kansas City Star's Adam Teicher, LB Derrick Johnson injured his ankle and backup QB Brady Quinn suffered a neck injury against the Packers. Crennel said after the game that there was "nothing major that I heard of" regarding injuries; however, Teicher reported on Twitter that "sources" told him the injuries to Johnson and Quinn could be "more than that" and the Chiefs were still evaulating.
I'm not reporting those injuries are serious but was told to watch them carefully because they could cause Chiefs some problems— Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) Aug. 31, 2012
The injury to Johnson, in particular, could be troubling for the Chiefs if he misses significant time. Kansas City is already without Tamba Hali for the opener against Atlanta because of his one-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. CB Brandon Flowres' status for the opener is uncertain as he has not practiced since bruising his heel in a July 31 practice. Starting safety Kendrick Lewis is out with a shoulder injury, and Flowers' backup, Jalil Brown, missed Thursday's game with a groin injury.
All the ingredients are there to repeat the nightmare that was the beginning of the 2011 season. TE Tony Moeaki tore his ACL in the final preseason game; safety Eric Berry tore his ACL in the opener and Jamaal Charles tore his ACL the next week. Oh, and the Chiefs lost the first two games by a combined score of 89-10.
Will history repeat itself? Will Johnson and Flowers play Week One? Stay tuned.