Chiefs get Sean Smith back, lose Phillip Gaines to torn ACL

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GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 28: Phillip Gaines #23 of the Kansas City Chiefs lies on the field with a knee injury in the first quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on September 28, 2015 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Chiefs got Sean Smith back from his three-game suspension on Wednesday, the same day they found out that fellow cornerback Phillip Gaines will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL.

Smith was suspended for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy after getting arrested last year for drunken driving. That is normally a two-game suspension for first-time offenders, but Smith was given an extra game for crashing into a light post.

His return couldn’t come at a better time.

Gaines had been playing in his place until Monday night in Green Bay, when he tore his ACL while defending a pass in the end zone. The Chiefs struggled to stop Aaron Rodgers and the Packers’ passing offense after he left the game, losing 38-28.

Kansas City visits Cincinnati on Sunday.