Chiefs DT Dontari Poe practices, could play against Texans

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Chiefs defensive tackle Dontari Poe’s recovery from back surgery has apparently gone very well.

Nov. 16, 2014; Kansas City, MO; Chiefs defensive tackle Dontari Poe (92) sacks Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

Nov. 16, 2014; Kansas City, MO; Chiefs defensive tackle Dontari Poe (92) sacks Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

Poe’s rehabilitation has progressed to the point where the two-time Pro Bowl selection practiced Sunday.

More importantly, Poe could play in the season opener when the Chiefs travel to Houston to play the Texans.

“He went through our 10-10-10 yesterday and did well,” coach Andy Reid said Monday. “He’s on schedule to possibly have an opportunity to play against the Texans.”

The 6-3, 346-pound Poe underwent back surgery on July 15, spent training camp on the physically unable to perform list and did not play in any of the preseason games.

Nevertheless, the Chiefs offered a hint of Poe’s availability for the regular season when he made it to the  initial 53-man roster after roster trimmings.

Reid said the team will monitor Poe during practice and the plan is to limit repetitions.

But so far, so good for Poe, who now has a legitimate shot at being in the lineup.

“We’ll just have to see how he does here once we get the pads on Wednesday,” Reid said. “He feels good. He felt good after yesterday’s work and we’ll see how things go, kind of take it day-by-day.”

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Herbie Teope is the lead Chiefs beat writer for ChiefsDigest.com and The Topeka Capital-Journal. Use the contact page to reach him or find him on Twitter: @HerbieTeope.

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