[UPDATE]: After initially returning to action against the Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs’ quarterback Alex Smith was forced from the contest once again and is likely done for the day. Smith previously made his way to the locker room after being hit in the head while then being evaluated for a concussion as a result.
Kansas City Chiefs’ quarterback Alex Smith left the team’s Sunday afternoon matchup after a hit to the head from Indianapolis Colts’ linebacker Edwin Jackson on a first quarter run. He went to the locker room with trainers and is being evaluated for a concussion.
Prior to his premature departure, Smith was 3-for-6 for 45 yards while he was sacked once for no loss as well.
Since coming to the Chiefs in 2013, Smith owns a 34-18 record as their starting quarterback and has thrown for over 3,000 yards in each of his three seasons as the team’s starter. Through six starts entering Sunday, he had completed 67.8 percent of his passes for 1,511 yards and seven touchdowns while throwing only two interceptions.
Replacing Smith in the game for the Chiefs is backup Nick Foles. After making the Pro Bowl in his second year in the league in 2013 while with the Philadelphia Eagles, Foles has struggled to complete passes and avoid turnovers. Since that 2013 season, in which he led the league in yards per attempt (9.1) and quarterback rating (119.2), he has completed fewer than 60 percent of his passes as a starter for both the Eagles and Los Angeles Rams. Foles had not appeared in a game for the Chiefs yet this season.
The Chiefs are looking to remain competitive in an AFC West division that features two 5-2 teams in the Oakland Raiders and Denver Broncos. The Chiefs would improve to 5-2 with a win against the Colts on Sunday, but they may have to do that without their starting quarterback.