[Kansas City.com] As shaky as their pass blocking has been, the last thing the Chiefs wanted to see was left tackle Kyle Turley riding a stationary bike on the edge of the practice field instead of working with his teammates.
But that’s exactly what Turley was doing Wednesday. He also was a spectator at Monday’s practice. The Chiefs did not practice Tuesday, normally the players’ day off.
The Chiefs listed Turley on the NFL injury report as likely to play in Sunday’s game against San Francisco at Arrowhead Stadium.
They listed right tackle Kevin Sampson the same way early in the week of the season opener against Cincinnati, and Sampson didn’t play until the next week against Denver.
If Turley’s problem was anything but soreness in his back, his absence might not be so troubling to the Chiefs. But he returned to football only this season after missing the last two because of back troubles, so there’s no way to misinterpret this as good news.
Turley said the soreness was beyond anything he’s experienced since he signed with the Chiefs in the spring.
“I’m concerned,” Turley said. “A back injury is not something to fool around with. It’s definitely cause for concern.”
“We’ll see. I’m supposed to meet with more doctors, and we’ll find out what’s happening. I’m just trying to wait it out.”
Jordan Black, who struggled at times as the left tackle last season – and again at right tackle in Sampson’s place against Cincinnati – would be the likely starter if Turley can’t play.