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Branden Albert injury: Chiefs LT leaves with hurt arm

The Kansas City Chiefs could be without left tackle Branden Albert as he injured his arm and left the field under his own power. He is being looked at on the sideline, but there is no further update on his status at this time.

Running back Jamaal Charles ran into Albert's arm, causing the injury. The sixth year offensive tackle has been the team's most reliable pass blocker, but the Chiefs are already struggling against the Oakland Raiders' pass rush. Kansas City has given up three sacks in the first quarter, gaining just 39 yards early in the game.

Donald Stephenson is expected to play in Albert's absence. He started seven games for the Chiefs in 2012, but he did not shine during his rookie season, allowing five sacks on the season. This forced him to take a step back into a rotational role. If Albert is not able to play long term it will severely hurt Kansas City's ball controlling offense.

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