Kansas City's offense was disjointed for much of its victory over Jacksonville. Backup quarterback Nick Foles reverted to his unreliable ways, completing 20 of 33 passes for 187 yards and a touchdown, but was often dangerously inaccurate. Smith's return comes at the perfect time, as the Chiefs gear up to face Carolina's multiple-look defensive front. The quarterback thrives in the short passing game, which will be important against the Panthers' rush, which comes from many angles.
The Chiefs might have to forge onward through another week without running back Spencer Ware, who remains in the concussion protocol, as far as Reid knows. Reid also said that linebacker Justin Houston, recently activated off the PUP list, will let the coach know how he feels for the game against Carolina.
Other injuries we're tracking on Monday:
- Buccaneers running back Antone Smith (knee) and defensive end Howard Jones (knee) have been placed on injured reserve, the team announced.
- Jaguars wide receivers Allen Hurns and Bryan Walters are both in concussion protocol, the team announced.