Flowers Won’t Let Injury Hinder Him


From Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California

It was late in the first half of the Chiefs-Chargers game on Sunday and there was timeout for an injury on the field. CB Travis Daniels was down along the San Diego sideline after a tackle. Trainers and doctors were tending to him.

All the way across the field on the Chiefs bench, Brandon Flowers threw down the towel he was holding and ran on to the field. He was going back in the game. Daniels had been on the field replacing Flowers, who after a pretty interception return suffered a bruised right knee. As trainers worked on him, also along the Chargers sideline, it looked like Flowers was about to become another victim of the knee injury plague that has eaten away at the Chiefs starting lineup.

But this was nothing serious; just a bruise and Flowers felt he could go back in. So he put himself into the game.

Only problem thought – he wasn’t wearing his helmet. When he turned to go back to the bench for it, a trainer grabbed the helmet and walked away from Flowers, while coaches and doctors got him corralled and told him he wasn’t going back in. They wanted to take no chances with one of the best players, especially given the knee injuries that have stripped three starters from the squad.

“I wanted to be out there so bad,” Flowers said. “My guys were out there breaking their butts. It was killing me. It hurt worse than my knee. I could have played. Maybe I wouldn’t have played very well, but I wanted to be there with my boys.”

Whether or not Flowers will be back on the field this coming Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings remains to be seen. He was moving well after the Chiefs 20-17 loss to the Chargers, without crutches and without any type of brace on that knee. And there is no tougher player on the Chiefs roster, all 5-9, and 187 pounds of him.

“I’ll be OK,” said Flowers. “This isn’t going to hold me back.”

It was another interesting afternoon for Flowers. For the second week in a row, he was battling one-on-one against a much taller and heavier receiver. Last week it was Calvin Johnson with Detroit; this week it was Vincent Jackson with the Chargers. San Diego came out with the idea of throwing to Jackson, as Phillip Rivers went to him seven times in the half. Jackson caught four passes for 43 yards. In the second half, he had only one catch for 20 yards against the Chiefs secondary without Flowers.

Just as he did against Johnson in Detroit, Flowers was giving away eight inches and 50+ pounds to Jackson. Here’s how those two Pro Bowl receivers finished up in the game statistics:

Receiver

Targets

Rec

Yards

Avg

Long

TD

Calvin Johnson

7

3

29

9.7

15

2

Vincent Jackson

8

5

63

12.6

20

0

With the exception of that last 20-yard catch that Jackson got in the second half on Sunday, Flowers has taken on two of the league’s best receivers and they’ve caught 7 passes for 72 yards.

“There’s no doubt that we need to get him back out there as soon as possible,” said CB Brandon Carr. “He’s really playing well. We had some struggles last week, but things were much better against San Diego. Our communication worked well.”

 


4 Responses to “Flowers Won’t Let Injury Hinder Him”

  • September 26, 2011  - Chiefs Play Good Enough To Win, But Lose 20-17 : BobGretz.com says:

    [...] SIDEBAR: Flowers plans to play. [...]


  • September 26, 2011  - Rick says:

    .
    Flowers has certainly been matched up against some monsters thus far.

    But my biggest beef with our pass defense is our apparent inability to cover a tightend. It seems that in every game we get gashed by the opposing teams tightend, and it doesn’t seem to matter who they have, they have a career day.


  • September 26, 2011  - Thomas Salmon says:

    That guy has some fight and dedication in him!


  • September 26, 2011  - Niblick says:

    I just heard where he had a high ankle sprain. I guess he could be out up to five weeks, but hopefully less. McCluster was out five weeks last year. I guess it just depends on how severe it is. I hope it’s just a couple of weeks.




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