KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs coach Andy Reid stepped to the podium Wednesday and, as usual, was about to begin his news conference by delivering a quick run-through of the injury report.
Then he stopped himself. He looked at his notes. He shrugged.
"We don't really have any injuries," he said. "Everybody's going to practice today."
Of course. That's the way things are going for the charmed Chiefs this season.
As teams across the league deal with devastating injuries to some of their best players — quarterback Sam Bradford in St. Louis, wide receiver Reggie Wayne in Indianapolis — unbeaten Kansas City has just about everyone healthy, just as it has most of the season.
Throw in a favorable schedule and a wave of key injuries to opponents, and it seems as if everything is lining up in the most splendid way imaginable for the Chiefs.
"This is a rough business. Injuries do take place. I get it. But we've been fortunate," Reid offered by way of an explanation. "That's really what it is."
The Chiefs have certainly had times where injuries stacked up. Just a couple of years back, running back Jamaal Charles and safety Eric Berry, both Pro Bowlers, went down with season-ending knee injuries a week apart, sending the team into a downward spiral.
Just about the worst thing to happen to the Chiefs this season has been injuries to a couple rookies who were likely to be backups: tight end Travis Kelce and safety Sanders Commings. Kelce is done for the year, but even Commings is due to come back from injured reserve soon.
"Some of it is chance," Reid said. "Sometimes it comes in waves. That's how it works."
It's not just that the Chiefs have been healthy; it's that their opponents have not.
Starting in Week 1, when Jacksonville quarterback Blaine Gabbert was dealing with a thumb injury, Kansas City has met teams in disarray. It was Ryan Fitzpatrick starting at quarterback for an injured Jake Locker in Tennessee, and Case Keenum making his first NFL start in place of Texans QB Matt Schaub in a 17-16 victory last week that ran the Chiefs' record to 7-0.