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, the latest in a string of injuries to befall the unbeaten team.The Chiefs also listed Justin Houston as doubtful for Sunday night's game against the Patriots in New England with a hamstring injury. Free safety Eric Murray has been ruled out with an ankle injury and offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is out with a broken bone in his leg.Chiefs trainer Rick Burkholder said that Thomas was taking part in Thursday's practice when he got stepped on from behind, fracturing the same leg he broke in a game last December. Thomas had surgery to repair the break and had a metal rod inserted, though the latest break did not damage that repair."He had what we consider a freak accident," Burkholder said. "All indications are right now that he won't need surgery and he will heal up on his own, but he will need some time to heal up."Thomas surprised many by making the Chiefs' roster in training camp, given his relatively modest production his first four years in Kansas City. And while he has just three catches for 15 yards and a touchdown, Thomas has proven to be valuable on special teams."I'm sorry for the kid. He's a tough little nut, man," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. "He'll come back and he'll be all right. You hate that to happen, as hard as he worked to get back."Reid characterized Houston as a "longshot" to play against the Patriots, likely leaving Kansas City without its top pass rusher against Tom Brady and Co. Tanoh Kpassagnon is likely to start alongside Dee Ford Mitchell Schwartz Jersey
, though both of those outside linebackers have also been hobbled by injuries.The Chiefs tried to shore up their pass rush this week by signing Frank Zombo, who was cut in camp after spending the past five seasons with them, and former Browns linebacker Nate Orchard.Zombo's familiarity with the defense means he could play Sunday. Orchard also could be active."I think he could come out and help you if needed. He can do that," Reid said. "He is good enough to be worked in, plus he was familiar with us being in Cleveland for a year, with this system."In the defensive backfield, the Chiefs are almost certain to be without Eric Berry, who continues to be listed as doubtful and has not practiced since early in training camp with a heel injury.Fellow safety Daniel Sorensen is also on injured reserve with a broken leg, which means the latest injury to Murray leaves the Chiefs desperately short on depth. Jordan Lucas will likely start opposite of Ron Parker, though he's played primarily special teams since arriving in a trade with Miami.Lucas did pick off Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles in last week's win over Jacksonville."He's played quite a little bit before he got here and then he played for us last week," Reid said. "He knows what's going on and actually had some nice plays back there." NFL.com picked Reid as one of five head coaches most likely to win their first Super Bowl in the coming season"WhiteSeries Stagner ThingsLottery Tickets ’19Summer of SpagsMailbagFanposts Fanshots Community Community GuidelinesContactAbout StubHub ✕Chiefs coach Andy Reid named among most likely to win first Super BowlNew Demetrius Harris Jersey
,26commentsNFL.com picked Reid as one of five head coaches most likely to win their first Super Bowl in the coming seasonCDTShareTweetShareShareChiefs coach Andy Reid named among most likely to win first Super BowlJay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY SportsOn Wednesday, NFL.com published an article where five of their writers each identify an NFL head coach most likely to win their first Super Bowl in the 2019 season — and Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid is one of them.Seven current head coaches — Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots, Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks, Jon Gruden of the Oakland Raiders, John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens, Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints, Doug Pederson of the Philadelphia Eagles and Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers — have already won Super Bowls.Now entering his 21st season as a head coach, Reid has the most experience of the 25 coaches who have not yet won an NFL championship.Along with Reid — chosen by Shaun O’Hara — the article names Matt Nagy of the Chicago Bears (Adam Rank), Sean McVay of the Los Angeles Rams (Jeremy Bergman), Frank Reich of the Indianapolis Colts (Marcas Grant) and Mike Zimmer of the Minnesota Vikings (David Carr) as the coaches most likely to notch their first NFL championship this season.Regarding Reid and the Chiefs, O’Hara said it is finally Reid’s time.Why I agree (John Dixon)O’Hara gets credit from me for being one of the few national analysts who avoids predicting the fortunes of the Chiefs entirely on the loss of Kareem Hunt and the potential unavailability of Tyreek Hill.Hunt was a perfect running back for Reid’s offense Cameron Erving Jersey
, but after the shock wave of his sudden dismissal diminished, Reid was able to get solid production from Damien Williams; there’s a reason Reid has always had productive running backs — and it’s not because they have always been the most talented players.I can’t argue that Hill won’t be missed if he’s unavailable, but after what we saw in 2018, I have faith that Patrick Mahomes can be effective in Reid’s offense with the remaining wide receivers — whomever they turn out to be.O’Hara has correctly identified the main problem with the 2018 team, along with most of the offseason steps to correct it.The defensive coaching changes are underappreciated; new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo has brought in a top-quality staff.The big question is whether returning players who were ineffective under Bob Sutton can quickly thrive in Spagnuolo’s 4-3 Under scheme; how quickly can the new staff turn the defense around?Why I agree (Pete Sweeney)Andy Reid has a well-deserved reputation as a quarterback whisperer, as he always seems to get the absolute most out of the position. Names like Donovan McNabb, Michael Vick and even Alex Smith are often brought up in the conversation. But none of those names are Patrick Mahomes—who already has made me, through one year of play, believe he will trump them all both now and in the end.Mahomes is the best quarterback Reid has coached since his days with Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers (1992-98), and his excitement for the 2019 season is palpable. Back in mid-April, prior to the NFL Draft Reggie Ragland Jersey
, Chiefs general manager Brett Veach explained how he found Reid in his office with index cards “that thick,” as he held up his hand.“[Reid] called them, ‘My new Pat plays,’” Veach said. “He was excited. It’s fun to see him get excited like that.”Even with the unknown status of the Chiefs’ No. 1 receiver Tyreek Hill, the team is currently favored in the first eight games of the season, and they trail only the New England Patriots in odds to win the Super Bowl.I am a bit higher on the defense as it stands today than most, and that is because I believe Reid believes Steve Spagnuolo will get the most out of the individuals currently on the roster. And safety Tyrann Mathieu has been brought aboard to hold them accountable.I said it many times last year and I’ll reiterate—if the defense is average, the Chiefs should win the Super Bowl.If the defense is good? Miami may prove to be the perfect place to end the season.