Kansas City made it back to the Super Bowl with a 38-24 win over Buffalo in the AFC Championship Game, but it didn’t come without a significant cost.

With 12:33 left in the Chiefs’ victory, Kansas City Pro Bowl left tackle Eric Fisher suffered a torn Achilles tendon and is out for Super Bowl LV. Fisher was the first overall pick in 2013 and has been a starter since his rookie season. The eight-year veteran started 15 games in 2020.

Chiefs LT Eric Fisher

Chiefs LT Eric Fisher – Photo by: USA Today

That’s bad news for Kansas City, who is already without starting right tackle Mitchell Schwartz, who is on injured reserve with a back injury. The 31-year old Schwartz is the team’s best offensive lineman, and was a first-team All Pro in 2018. Schwartz was placed on injured reserve after Week 11 and didn’t play against Tampa Bay in Kansas City’s 27-24 win in Week 12.

There is a chance he could return for Super Bowl LV, but the Chiefs played both playoff games without him.

“Backs are fickle, man, and so he’s not going to be back this week,” Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said Wednesday. “We’re literally taking that day by day.”

Schwartz’s replacement, Mike Remmers, moved from right tackle to left tackle in the AFC Championship Game to replace Fisher down the stretch and is expected to get the start at left tackle in Super Bowl LV. Remmers has started 10 games this season at right tackle in Kansas City. Chiefs right guard Andrew Wylie moved over to right tackle in the fourth quarter and reserve Stefan Wisniewski, a 10-year veteran, stepped in at right guard.

Remmers got his start with the Buccaneers in 2012, signing with Tampa Bay as an undrafted free agent. He moved on to San Diego the next year, followed by a three-year stint in Carolina from 2014-16 where he started 21 games at right tackle and 16 games at left tackle. After a two-year stint with Minnesota where he started 27 games, Remmer spent the 2019 season with the New York Giants, starting 14 games at right tackle before signing with Kansas City in the offseason.

With Green Bay left tackle David Bakitiari out with a torn ACL, Bucs right outside linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul victimized Billy Turner for a pair of sacks in Tampa Bay’s 31-26 win in the NFC Championship Game. Pierre-Paul’s bookend pass rusher, Shaquil Barrett, recorded three sacks against Rick Wagner, who was the replacement at right tackle after Turner moved from the right side to the left side weeks ago.

Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes and LT Eric Fisher

Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes and LT Eric Fisher – Photo by: USA Today

Pierre-Paul, who is Tampa Bay’s lone Pro Bowler this season, and Barrett each had a sack against Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes in Week 12 when Fisher was at left tackle and Remmers was at right tackle. Will the Bucs’ edge rushers have even more success against the Chiefs’ reshuffled offensive line in the rematch on Super Bowl Sunday on February 7?

The fact that Mahomes is hobbled with a toe injury that he suffered in the Chiefs’ playoff win against the Browns certainly doesn’t help matters, as he’s not as fleet-footed as he is when healthy.

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About the Author: Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: sr@pewterreport.com
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TBChucky
6 months ago

Didn’t realize they’re down both their starting OTs.. Hopefully Vea gets that push up the middle so JPP and Shaq can FEAST!!

Naplesfan
6 months ago

A big key to the success of JPP and Shaq Barrett yesterday was getting Vita Vea back in the lineup plugging up the middle. That greatly constrained Rodgers from his usual ability to juke out rushers when flushed out of the pocket, and led to 5 sacks for the game. We only got 2 sacks on Mahomes back in Week 14 – and he barely beat us. If we can double that sack count (and all the other hits and hurries that go with a great pass rush), it is going to affect Mahomes who, like Rodgers, is skillful at… Read more »

eaustinyoung
Reply to  Naplesfan
6 months ago

Yep. Vita stayed eating up 2 sometimes 3 blocks to allow the edge rushers to get home.

Naplesfan
6 months ago

And by the way, our offensive line played great again yesterday, allowing only 1 sack on Brady and making key blocks on both runs and passes. The Packer’s defense had been only average all season, so that tempers the result a bit. The Chief’s defense has been a little better than the Packers this season, and held the Bills to 24 points yesterday, sacking Allen 4 times. Frankly, this Bucs-Chiefs game is a very evenly matched game in many if not most respects. It was the same – just a 3 point margin – in Week 14. I expect another… Read more »

Spitfire
Reply to  Naplesfan
6 months ago

The Bills lost yesterday because they punched above their weight this season. Allen is on his way to being one of the best QBs in the league but he crumbles under pressure still, which is why I would have been happy to face them in the Super Bowl.

PatrioticChief
Reply to  Spitfire
6 months ago

Buc would be favored to win if they were playing the Bills.

Last edited 6 months ago by PatrioticChief
Buc76
6 months ago

You could see Vita Vea bull rushing up the middle and our ends getting home. Our guys were on their 3rd road playoff game. I’m sure by the 2nd half they were a little bit worn out. Give them 2 weeks to recover and get ready and I think they will look even better. How bad is the Jordan Whitehead injury?

drdneast
6 months ago

Vea didn’t play against KC so that’s a push for us.
I watched Mahomes last night and it didn’t seem like his toe limited his mobility a bit so I wonder how much of that is a Trojan Horse.

geno711
6 months ago

RIP Macabee.
Wish you could be on this site during this great time in Buc history.

cgmaster27
Reply to  geno711
6 months ago

Well said Geno, it’s a shame he missed this run.

BigSombrero
Reply to  geno711
6 months ago

Great job remembering a loyal, good-hearted, long time super fan.

Mac always had a way with words and I’m sure he’s looking down on his Bucs right now.

Dave
Reply to  geno711
6 months ago

Touché man. Well said!

Horse
6 months ago

We can be rest assured that the Chiefs will be ready to play and we better too! Keep the dream alive!

Spitfire
6 months ago

With Vea back at full strength, especially in 2 weeks, and KC missing both of their starting OTs and Mahomes being hindered by the Turf Toe our pass rush, especially Barrett and JPP, is gonna be overwhelming on game day. With everyone at full health, our Defense is gonna play their best game and Brady and the Offense is gonna do everything they need to do to win.

PissedOffBuc1988
6 months ago

With vita Vea in the middle, hell yeah they can take advantage. The last time tampa played kc we didn’t have Vea. This time we do. Vita Vea will have an impact on this game and Kansas City will find out that you have to triple team Vea if you wish to have a chance.

Runole
6 months ago

The key to the game is keeping Mahone in the pocket and doubling on the TE and Hill.
with VIta and Suh crushing the middle Paul and Barrett should be able to contain Mahone in the pocket ( not easy by any means but possible)

PatrioticChief
Reply to  Runole
6 months ago

49ers pass rush slowed the Chiefs down last year. The problem was that the Chiefs defense play big boy ball until the offense could rally. Jimmy G never delivered in the big moments. It’s not impossible to slow the Chiefs down its just incredibly difficult and nigh impossible to stop them entirely. If the Bucs don’t plan on scoring 30 points they might as well mail it in. I’m not banking on the Bucs holding the Chiefs to 29 or lower but if the pass rush does get home I think it’s possible.

Last edited 6 months ago by PatrioticChief
Billy
Reply to  PatrioticChief
6 months ago

What?
They already kept them from 30 once, without VV.
So you are saying you are not banking on the Bucs doing what they already did in a loss?
10 points after the 1st quarter.

I don’t think they score 30!!
And the Bucs will probably score more.

plopes808
Reply to  PatrioticChief
6 months ago

Nobody else held the Packers down like we did either

ScottC543
6 months ago

Short answer: Yes.

bucballer
6 months ago

Outside of Chief’s WR Hill, I fear no KC players!

Dave
Reply to  bucballer
6 months ago

So you don’t fear Kelce? Lol. He’s the most dominant TE in the league since peak Gronk. Hill is a beast on deep routes, and is impossible to cover 1 on 1. But Kelce is the man that makes it all work. He’s the key guy. Anytime it’s 3rd down and the Chiefs have to have it, Mahomes is always looking for Kelce. Hill is the cute big play guy. And don’t get me wrong, he can absolutely wreck your defense, and take over the game if you let him(which he did to us). But the guy that constantly keeps… Read more »

eaustinyoung
Reply to  Dave
6 months ago

Yep. Kelce is the productive grinder. Much like Brady uses Godwin: intermediate passes to move the chains and avoid a sack. Reliable 8, 10, 12, 15 yard target as you’re marching down the field but also has a huge deep play upside. Kelce is also used as the Red Zone security blanket like Brady uses Evans and Brate.
Tyreek is the scary deep threat. The one that he’ll use to gut you deep like Brady would use Scotty Miller or AB.

plopes808
6 months ago

We saw this week the difference Vea makes. We didn’t have him the last time we played so we will definitely see a big difference in pressure. Also, we’ll get Winfield back and hopefully Whitehead. Has there been any updates on him yet?