JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith will miss Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Backup quarterback Nick Foles will start in his place.
During last Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts, Smith was removed from the game twice after his head bounced hard off the turf on multiple occasions.
Smith said Wednesday he never failed any of the concussion tests administered after each of the blows, the second of which knocked him from the game. But after consulting with coach Andy Reid and others in the front office, it was decided he would not be active this week.
Foles was sharp in relief against Indianapolis, going 16 of 22 for 223 yards with two touchdowns and no picks in the Chiefs' 30-14 victory. Sunday will be Foles’ first start since Week 13 of last season.
“Thank you,” was Jaguars defensive coordinator Todd Wash’s response when told during Wednesday's press conference that Foles would be starting for the Chiefs. Up to that point the Jaguars had been preparing for both quarterbacks.
"We played Foles before over in Philly, so we have an idea of what he can do," said Wash. "We know Andy Reid. We have played him a couple times when we weren’t here and then obviously we played him once when we were here. He’s going to run his offense. He’s going to attack us how we think we’re going to get attacked and it’s going to be our fundamentals versus Andy’s fundamentals."