The pregame loss of tight end Demetrius Harris, who fractured his foot during warm-ups, put the Chiefs at an early disadvantage against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. However, coach Andy Reid seems to have already found a replacement to fit into his three-tight-end formations during Harris’ absence.
The Chiefs were accustomed to using Harris as the third man in those formations, and he had caught three passes for 20 yards this season. Fullback Anthony Sherman stepped into his place and did not have a catch but was targeted twice in the game.
“We didn’t have to change, it’s that simple,” Reid said. “We have a pretty big package with three tights but he stepped in and did all of it.”
Sherman moved in behind Anthony Fasano and Travis Kelce on the depth chart at tight end. Sherman also made an impact on special teams, forcing and recovering a fumble with three tackles during the 17-13 victory against the Bills.
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The offense took another hit in the third quarter when it lost running back Cyrus Gray to a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee. He had eight carries for 31 yards and a touchdown this season as the third option at running back behind Jamaal Charles and Knile Davis.
Gray’s loss may be felt more on special teams, where he was replaced by rookie wide receiver Albert Wilson. Gray had four tackles, including three solo, and one kick return.
He had recently returned from a hand fracture against the 49ers.
“Both of them were contributors, and probably Cyrus a little more,” Reid said. “He had developed into a real good special-teams player over the last year. We are going to have to ask people to step in. You saw Wilson step in for Cyrus yesterday and he did a nice job, but those are big shoes to fill. The next guy has to step in and go, likewise with Harris.”
Reid said the team had not yet made any moves, but that he and general manager John Dorsey will meet later this week to discuss possibilities.