Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Chiefs Move Fisher to Right Tackle for Opener ; Fisher: Offensive Line Will Be Tested Early

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Chiefs Move Fisher to Right Tackle for Opener ; Fisher: Offensive Line Will Be Tested Early

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Chiefs settled on a starting offensive line for the season opener against the Houston Texans and it comes with surprises.

Donald Stephenson starts at left tackle, while Eric Fisher, the No. 1 overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft, moves from the left side to start at right tackle.

"Donald has taken a bunch of reps there, so I left him there and put Fish(er) back on the right side," coach Andy Reid said. "He's played it. I think we go the five best guys. Larry (Laurent Duvernay- Tardif) is at the right guard, (Ben) Grubbs and (rookie) Mitch (Morse) are holding down the left guard and the center position."

The 6-foot-7, 315-pound Fisher last played right tackle during his rookie season, appearing in 14 games with 13 starts. He started all 16 games at left tackle in 2014.

Reid said Fisher, who has been dealing with a high-ankle sprain suffered in training camp, practiced this past Sunday and offers versatility.

"Fish gives me a whole lot of flexibility," Reid said. "I think he can play really any position on the offensive line and play it at a Pro Bowl-caliber level."

Reid said Fisher took the move in stride.

"He's going to do what's best for the team and let's roll," Reid said. "That's his attitude. He's glad to be healthy again or at least on track to play again. He was fired up about that, getting back in and that's how he approached it."

Stephenson, who joined the Chiefs in 2012 as a third-round pick out of Oklahoma, has appeared in 44 games with 14 starts, including four at left tackle in 2013.

The 6-6, 312-pound Stephenson projected as the starting right tackle in 2014 before serving a four-game suspension to start the season, and then saw most of his playing time limited to special teams.

Stephenson, who enters the final year of his contract, moved from right tackle to left tackle in training camp after Fisher suffered the ankle injury on Aug. …

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