The Kansas City Chiefs better have gotten over Aaron Rodgers picking apart their secondary Monday night because it might get worse. Head coach Andy Reid told reporters today in his press conference that cornerback Phillip Gaines tore his ACL and will miss the rest of the season.
Gaines, 24, injured his knee in the first quarter of Monday’s 38-28 loss to the Green Bay Packers and limped to the locker room, never to return. Rodgers, the league’s reigning MVP, tore apart the Chiefs secondary for 333 yards and five … count ‘em …. five touchdowns. The second year corner out of Rice University had made great strides since his rookie season and was expected to be a major piece of the Chiefs defense this year.
The only ray of light in the Chiefs secondary situation is the return of veteran Sean Smith from his three-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. Smith was arrested last season for a DUI, but reached a plea deal last April with prosecutors. Smith also paid a fine and was additionally fined for failure to present insurance at the time of the accident.
Gaines was placed on the Injured Reserve list to make room for Smith’s return to the active roster. Reid told reporters that he expects Smith to start opposite rookie Marcus Peters against Cincinnati on Sunday.