Chiefs hope to get injured players back soon

Associated Press Modified: September 1, 2012 at 5:31 pm •  Published: September 1, 2012

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The banged-up Kansas City Chiefs are in wait-and-see mode with several injured players heading into their season opener against the Atlanta Falcons next Sunday.

Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel said Saturday that cornerback Brandon Flowers, defensive tackle Anthony Toribio, linebacker Derrick Johnson, backup quarterback Brady Quinn and safety Kendrick Lewis all making progress, but their availability for Week 1 is uncertain.

Johnson is the most likely to play after hurting his ankle in the Chiefs' preseason finale Thursday night at Green Bay. The injury to the Pro Bowl linebacker was thought to be serious, but Crennel said that Johnson is a "good healer, so we expect he'll be ready to go."

Toribio is out of a walking boot after hurting his ankle, but Crennel didn't say whether he'd be able to play against the Falcons. The same was true of Flowers, the Chiefs' top cornerback, who has been dealing with a stubborn heal injury that's kept him out of practice since July 31.

"Flowers has tried to do something the last couple of days and hopefully with this time off and this rest he'll be feeling better and do more things," Crennel said.

Quinn has a neck strain that he sustained against the Packers, and while Crennel said that his No. 2 quarterback was feeling better, the coach had yet to see him do any activity.

The biggest longshot to see the field next Sunday is Lewis, who hurt his right shoulder during a preseason game against St. Louis. Lewis had his arm in a sling in the days afterward, and only recently did he start doing range-of-motion work.

"He's progressing," Crennel said, "but I don't think he's going to be ready."

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