Three offensive starters out this week as Chiefs take on the Ravens for home opener

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Chiefs will be missing three starters from their prolific offense, including running back Damien Williams, when the Baltimore Ravens visit Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday.

Williams was ruled out Friday after bruising his knee in last week’s win in Oakland, joining left tackle Eric Fisher and wide receiver Tyreek Hill on the bench for a matchup of 2-0 teams.

Fisher had surgery this week on a groin injury he sustained in practice late last week. Hill is still recovering from injuries to his sternum and collarbone that he sustained in Week 1.

Damien Williams #26 of the Kansas City Chiefs jumps for a catch against Elandon Roberts #52 of the New England Patriots in the second half during the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 20, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Running back LeSean McCoy is questionable after missing practice Wednesday with an ankle injury. He practiced on a limited basis Thursday and was a full participant for Friday’s light workout.

Not that Mahomes — who sprained his ankle Week 1 in Jacksonville — appears to be concerned about the prospects of a bunch of backups around him in a matchup of 2-0 teams.

“Those guys have worked as hard as anyone to be ready for their opportunity, and you saw that last week,” Mahomes said, alluding to the breakout performances by wide receivers Demarcus Robinson and Mecole Hardman. “I have the same trust with everybody on this team. I have trust that we’re going to have those guys ready to play on Sunday.”

It’s not as if the backups are a bunch of bums, either.

Cam Erving, a first-round pick of the Browns in 2015, filled in admirable at left tackle when Fisher left the game. The Chiefs gave him a nice contract for a backup offensive lineman just for this purpose: He can play just about anywhere up front in the case of an injury.

“I thought Cam did a good job” against the Raiders, Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “He had a solid game. He started off with a little shaky one there at the beginning but he finished it real well.”

Robinson merely caught all six passes thrown his way for a career-best 172 yards and two scores, both coming in a four-touchdown second quarter in Oakland. Hardman, the Chiefs’ initial pick in April’s draft, caught four passes for 61 yards and his first career touchdown.

They were so effective along with tight end Travis Kelce that the Chiefs didn’t even need much from Sammy Watkins, who had nine catches for 198 yards and three touchdowns in Jacksonville.

But if the Chiefs are confident in their backups along the offensive line and at wide receiver, they may be a little nervous in the backfield.

They signed McCoy a week before the season started in part to address their concerns, and now they could be down their top two running backs.

LeSean McCoy #25 of the Kansas City Chiefs runs for yardage during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field on September 08, 2019 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

McCoy worked out a bit on Wednesday while Williams took practice off.

If McCoy doesn’t play on Sunday either, the Chiefs would run with journeyman backup Darrel Williams and sixth-round draft pick Darwin Thompson.

Williams beat out veteran Carlos Hyde for a roster spot in training camp but has appeared in just eight career games, while Thompson has a single carry for a single yard during the first two games of his professional career.

“I’m good with Darrel. Thompson, I feel like I know what he’s doing. I feel good about it,” said Reid, who also dismissed any concerns over the 5-foot-8 rookie’s ability to be an every-down back.

“I was around Brian Westbrook for a number of years and they’re the same size. He’d come up and fill it as good as anybody. This kid is wired the same way. He’ll come up there and stick it,” Reid said. “He’s young so he hasn’t seen everything there is to see, but he’s getting there.”

The way injuries are mounting in Kansas City, he had better arrive in a hurry.

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