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Chiefs RB Charcandrick West (concussion) is out for Thursday night's game against the Raiders. He's played 24% of the offensive snaps so far and averaged 2.7 touches per game. The majority of that work should go to RB Kareem Hunt vs. Oakland.

Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill has been cleared of a concussion, according to Pro Football Talk. So he'll be available for Thursday night's game against the Raiders. Hill will remain a WR2 with upside for that one.

Chiefs HC Andy Reid said after Sunday's loss to the Steelers that WR Tyreek Hill is being evaluated for a concussion. The potential head injury presumably occurred at the end of a punt return late in the 4th quarter. Hill wasn't on the field for Kansas City's final drive. We should get an update on his status tomorrow.

Chiefs RB Charcandrick West sustained a concussion in Sunday's game against the Steelers. It's the 1st known concussion of his career. We'll track his progress through the protocol this week. Akeem Hunt operated as Kansas City's #2 RB -- behind Kareem Hunt -- after West exited.

Chiefs OLB Justin Houston missed practice Wednesday and Thursday and put in only a limited workout Friday because of a calf injury. But HC Andy Reid told the Kansas City Star on Friday that he'll play against the Steelers on Sunday, "barring any setbacks." So plan to have Houston available for your IDP lineup.

Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (concussion) is not listed on the final Week 6 injury report. He put in full practices on Thursday and Friday and has evidently passed through the protocol. Kelce has a tough matchup against the Steelers but remains an elite TE1.

The Chiefs listed TE Travis Kelce (concussion) as a full participant in Thursday's practice. If he hasn't fully cleared the protocol yet, he's close. Kelce is now a good bet to play against the Steelers this weekend.

Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (concussion) returned to a limited practice on Thursday. He now has a shot to get full clearance ahead of Sunday's game against the Steelers. We'll get another update on his progress tomorrow.

Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (concussion) did not practice on Wednesday. He'll likely need to return to at least a limited practice on Thursday to have a shot to receive full clearance ahead of this weekend's game against the Steelers. Consider him no better than 50/50 for that one.

Chiefs HC Andy Reid confirmed that TE Travis Kelce suffered a concussion in Sunday night's win over the Texans. "He was cleared by the UNC (unaffiliated neurological consultants), but then when he came in at halftime he complained about his memory,” Reid explained. “He remembered everything in the (injury) tent, but didn’t have it once we got inside (the locker room), so we chose to hold him out.” It's the 1st known concussion of Kelce's career. We'll track his progress through the protocol this week.

Chiefs HC Andy Reid said after Sunday night's game that TE Travis Kelce cleared his 1st-half concussion check, but then had trouble remembering things. "He came in at halftime, and he couldn't quite remember [anything],'' Reid said, per ESPN.com. "He was remembering on the field, but he couldn't quite remember things, and so we just held him out from there.'' That's obviously worrisome. Kelce certainly wouldn't be the 1st player to be diagnosed with a concussion later. We'll keep an eye on this situation.

Chiefs WR Chris Conley ruptured his right Achilles' tendon in Sunday night's win over Houston and will miss the rest of the season, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Conley already sat just 5th on the team in targets and caught 11 passes through 5 games. The loss could mean a few more targets for slot WR Albert Wilson and provide WR Demarcus Robinson a chance to get on the field more.

Chiefs TE Travis Kelce left in the 2nd quarter of Sunday night's game at Houston to be checked for a concussion. He did not return, which would seem to indicate he suffered one. We'll keep an eye out for further details -- and then likely his progression through the league protocol.

Chiefs OLB Justin Houston left in the 2nd half of Sunday night's game against the Texans with a calf injury. He was deemed questionable to return late in the 4th quarter, which seems to indicate that it's not serious. We'll keep an eye out for more information.

The Chiefs have placed K Cairo Santos on IR after he aggravated a groin injury in Sunday's win over the Chargers. He'll be replaced by K Harrison Butker, who Kansas City just signed off Carolina's practice squad. The rookie could become a spot-start option down the line, but we'd avoid him in his NFL debut on Monday night.

Chiefs S Ron Parker is active for Sunday's game against the Eagles. He was questionable with an ankle injury but should be usable against a Philly offense that figures to lean pass.

The Chiefs confirmed Friday that S Eric Berry will miss the rest of the season after rupturing his left Achilles' tendon in Thursday night's win over the Patriots. We'll see about his status in the offseason heading toward 2018.

Chiefs S Eric Berry left in the 4th quarter of Thursday night's opener with an Achilles' tendon injury. That's bad news. We'll await an official diagnosis, but a rupture would obviously end his season.

Chiefs RB Spencer Ware has been diagnosed with a torn PCL and LCL, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. He'll undergo surgery and is done for the season. Multi-ligament injuries are extremely tough and lengthy rehabs. We'll track Ware's progress, but don't consider him a lock to be ready for the start of the 2018 campaign. Kareem Hunt is entrenched as Kansas City's lead back.

Chiefs Head Athletic Trainer Rick Burkholder announced that RB Spencer Ware has a torn PCL, “in addition to other damage.” He’s going for a 2nd opinion, but the injury is likely a season-ender. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport does add that Ware is hoping to land on the IR-designated-to-return list, which would allow him to come back anytime after Week 8. That sounds optimistic, though. We’ve removed Ware from the RB rankings. Kareem Hunt is obviously the big winner here. The rookie will step into the feature role in HC Andy Reid’s offense. We detailed earlier this offseason how productive that spot has been for fantasy football. RB Charcandrick West moves up to #2 on the depth chart. And RB C.J. Spiller now stands a good chance to make the squad. Check out our updated projections for the Chiefs backfield.

 
 
 

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