While the Chiefs have some injury concerns currently, some of their issues from last season have been solved and should be back on the field against the Falcons on Sunday. Their return gives the Falcons additional players to focus on due to the caliber of players Kansas City is getting back.
Two of Kansas City's top players will be returning to the field on Sunday after missing all of last season with injuries. On Wednesday's conference call with the Atlanta media, Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel said the return of those two players is key because of the talent level they bring.
"That's always helpful when you can get a Pro Bowl player back," Crennel said. "We had two that were missing from last year."
Safety Eric Berry and running back Jamaal Charles, both Pro Bowlers in 2010, will be returning after missing last season with ACL injuries. Both players suffered their injuries in the first game of the regular season.
Additionally, the Chiefs will see the return of tight end Tony Moeaki. The tight end was a solid contributor during his rookie season in 2010, but his 2011 was lost to injury during the preseason. Crennel said getting the play making ability of all three players back on the field will do nothing but help his squad this year.
The returns of Berry and Charles are especially critical to the Chiefs and are both players Atlanta must account for at all times. Before their injuries, both players were regarded as rising stars at their respective positions.
All three returning players have played during this year's preseason and appear to be in good enough health to go on Sunday. Crennel has been pleased with the progress of their return to health during the preseason.
"They've done pretty well," the head coach said. "They've been playing in the preseason and have made good progress. We haven't been overdoing it with them, but they've done well."