Whatever thought the Kansas City Chiefs gave to playing wide receiver Jeremy Maclin in Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers -- and there was thought since Maclin passed the NFL’s concussion protocol and returned to practice on Friday -- disappeared the morning of the game.
Coach Andy Reid and trainer Rick Burkholder are familiar with Maclin from their days together with the Philadelphia Eagles. That familiarity told them Maclin “wasn’t right,’’ in Reid’s words.
“Rick had kind of sensed it too,’’ Reid said. “We’ve been around him long enough. He’s new here, but we’ve known him for awhile. He just was off. Between the two of them, they kind of worked that out with the docs. Then I had a chance to talk to him and he wasn’t right.’’
Reid didn’t go into detail about how the Chiefs sensed Maclin shouldn’t play. But he indicated Maclin didn’t readily volunteer the information. We'll continue to monitor him for Week 8.