Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Chiefs' Offensive Line Shows Depth, Shines through Injuries in Win over Bills

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Chiefs' Offensive Line Shows Depth, Shines through Injuries in Win over Bills

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The NFL is forever about the next man up, and arguably no team epitomizes that philosophy while winning like the Kansas City Chiefs.

That approach was once again put to the test Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.

Already utilizing Spencer Ware, the third running back on the depth chart, the Chiefs faced a potential disaster when three starting offensive linemen went down.

Left guard Jeff Allen (ankle) and left tackle Eric Fisher (neck) left in the second quarter, and rookie center Mitch Morse suffered a concussion in the third quarter.

Donald Stephenson replaced Fisher, while Zach Fulton replaced Allen before moving to center when Allen returned to the game after halftime.

And the Chiefs offense didn't skip a beat despite the personnel turnover, totaling 158 yards on the ground behind Ware's 114 yards rushing and quarterback Alex Smith's 255 yards through the air en route to a 30-22 win.

"I'm proud of those guys, the offensive line, on how they were able to fill in," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. "Zach comes in and plays center in a bad weather game and I thought did a heck of a job with the ball security. Then Donald Stephenson comes in and I thought played tremendous football, too."

Smith echoed Reid.

"You can't say enough about our line today," Smith said. "Those guys, I mean, with three injuries and guys moving around and playing different positions and still getting it done really speaks to their depth."

Allen, who said after the game he felt fine, believes the chemistry among the group played a key role in Sunday's performance.

"We're fighters," Allen said. "Every single guy in our room has the ability to be a starter in this league, I think. For us to be put in the situation we were today and come back and fight and figure out how to win, that's big. …

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