Whitlock: With Dorsey and Albert injured, Chiefs are really hurting

RIVER FALLS, Wis. | It’s impossible to quantify just how much the injuries suffered by first-round picks Glenn Dorsey and Branden Albert will set back Herm Edwards’ 2008 reclamation project.
The NFL could legalize the use of HGH, steroids, artificial limbs and handguns for the home team at Arrowhead Stadium this season and the Chiefs would still struggle to win four games in 2008.
Having said that, we know Dorsey’s knee injury and Albert’s foot injury will have a significant impact. Dorsey is likely to miss at least one preseason game, and Albert might just miss the rest of training camp.
For a young team looking to build confidence with an injection of youthful, raw talent, losing your two most talented and important rookies certainly hurts. Every team needs a purpose. Developing Dorsey and Albert was pretty much the primary purpose of this preseason.
Dorsey is the key to KC’s revamped defensive front seven. Albert, a left tackle, is the key to protecting Brodie Croyle’s blind side and opening left-side running lanes for moody running back Larry Johnson.
Everything is on hold now.

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8/3/08