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Rough season for Chiefs CB Flowers

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Posted Oct. 21, 2011 @ 2:51 a.m. ET
By Eli Kaberon

Considered by some to be one of the league's top young defensive backs, Chiefs CB Brandon Flowers has not lived up to that billing through the early part of 2011. Flowers has been beaten for several touchdowns this season, a major concern for a secondary that already lost its top playmaker, SS Eric Berry, for the season in Week One with a torn ACL.

While some people have been trying to connect the dots between Flowers signing a multimillion-dollar extension and his poor play, we hear the real reason is a nagging ankle injury that has bothered the cornerback for a while. Flowers suffered a high ankle sprain in Week Three but remained in the lineup despite being nowhere close to 100 percent.

Though not close to his customary standout level, a hobbled Flowers is still the Chiefs' best option at cornerback. Young backups Donald Washington, Javier Arenas and Jalil Brown were drafted three seasons in a row to provide depth at the position, but according to a team observer, none has made the progress the team was hoping for, the reason Flowers remains in the lineup despite his struggles.

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