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Chiefs OLB Justin Houston (hamstring) is doubtful for Sunday night's game against the Bengals. It'll be his 2nd straight missed game after Houston left Week 5 early with the injury. Kansas City also expects to remain without S Eric Berry (heel), who is also listed as "doubtful."

Chiefs OLB Justin Houston suffered a hamstring injury in Sunday's win over the Jaguars that could cost him a few weeks, according to NFL.com's Mike Garofolo. That would take a key pass rusher out of the Chiefs D for as long as Houston misses. We'll see how long he stays sidelined. IDP owners shouldn't have much trouble locating a replacement.

Chiefs DE Chris Jones and OLB Dee Ford got ejected from Sunday's win over the Jaguars. Jones got booted for throwing a punch. Ford got the hook for committing 2 personal-foul penalties. We'll see if either will miss further time via suspension.

Chiefs OLB Justin Houston left Sunday's win over the Jaguars in the 1st half with a hamstring injury and did not return. We'll see about his status heading into a Sunday night matchup with the Patriots in Week 6.

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Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (hamstring) is active for today’s game against the Jaguars. Between that matchup and the hamstring issue, Watkins isn’t a recommended Week 5 fantasy play.

The forecast for today's Jaguars-Chiefs game calls for periods of heavy rain. The good news is that winds are expected to be only 6-7 mph. They aren't ideal conditions, but it's not enough for us to adjust our projections for these passing games. You might use the weather as a tiebreaker if deciding between 2 similarly ranked players, though.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that there's "optimism" that Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (hamstring) will play against the Jaguars today. He didn't return to last Monday night's game, but the hamstring injury is "minor," according to Rapoport. There's still some risk of an aggravation, though. And a brutal matchup against the Jaguars has Watkins looking like just a WR4 for Week 5.

Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Jaguars after a limited week of practice. We’re expecting him to play, but Watkins’ isn’t a recommended fantasy starter at less than 100% in a brutal matchup.

Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (hamstring) will practice on Wednesday, according to ESPN's Adam Teicher. We'll see whether he's listed as "limited" or "full," but the fact that he's out there at all just 2 days after leaving Monday night's game in Denver is excellent news. We'll continue to monitor Watkins' status -- although he's not a recommended Week 5 fantasy play vs. the Jaguars.

Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins was knocked out of Monday night's game against the Broncos with a hamstring injury. He reportedly tested the hamstring after exiting but told the trainers that he couldn't get back out there. Watkins' absence leaves Kansas City with Chris Conley, Demarcus Robinson and De'Anthony Thomas behind Tyreek Hill.

Chiefs S Eric Berry is officially doubtful for Sunday's opener against the Chargers. HC Andy Reid has conceded that the veteran probably won't play while dealing with a sore heel. Berry missed much of August in his return from the Achilles' tendon tear that ended last season in the opening game. The Kansas City defense could be in trouble, missing 1 of its best players after a preseason that saw it look pretty bad.

The Chiefs on Sunday placed S Daniel Sorensen on IR and re-signed S Ron Parker. By placing Sorensen on the active roster first, the team made him eligible to return this year. "We hope he plays at least half the season," GM Brett Veach said, according to ESPN's Adam Teicher. Sorensen tore the lateral meniscus, damaged the MCL and fractured the tibia in his left leg early in training camp. Parker spent the past 5 years with the Chiefs, 4 of those as a starter, before going unsigned in free agency this offseason. We'll see how K.C. plans to handle the spot next to Eric Berry in Week 1.

Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins has failed to catch any of his 3 targets through 2 preseason games. But the team isn't worried. “When it’s all said and done, Sammy is doing a heck of a job,” OC Eric Bieniemy said. “He’s doing a great job. He’s accepted the challenge because we’re not just playing him at one position. He’s accepted the challenge of learning all three across the board. We want versatile football players. I know everybody wants to talk about what’s happening on the field on game day, but I will say this: [Watkins and QB Patrick Mahomes'] communication, their rhythm is starting to sync.” Mahomes is also happy with where he's at with Watkins. "We've had good connections throughout the practices. We haven't connected in the preseason so far, but at the same time, the relationship I'm building with him on the practice field, after practice, whatever we're doing, I feel like will translate into the season," Mahomes said. "When you have that much talent, you're going to be open, so hopefully I can just get the ball to him. He's going to be open a lot." It'd be nice to see these guys hook up in Kansas City's 3rd preseason game. But Watkins remains a nice upside WR3 target regardless. His ADP has dipped a bit lately and is now sitting in the late 7th round.

Chiefs S Daniel Sorensen suffered a knee injury this week that will require surgery and sideline him into the early part of the regular season, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Sorensen had been working as a starter next to Eric Berry. His absence presents opportunity for rookie Armani Watts to step up, though. We'll see if Sorensen's spot is waiting for him -- or taken -- when he returns.

Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (knee) is ready for the start of training camp, HC Andy Reid said. Ware missed the entire 2017 campaign with a torn PCL and LCL in his right knee. He was set to open last season in a committee with Kareem Hunt but obviously returns as a pure backup. We're curious to see just how much action Ware steals from Hunt this year, though. Note that Hunt's 67.2% carry share last season was the 2nd highest mark in Reid's 19 seasons as a HC.

The Chiefs have reached a 5-year deal with LB Anthony Hitchens worth about $9 million a year, according to multiple reports. Hitchens played well across 4 seasons with the Cowboys, playing all 16 games in each of the 1st 3. The deal with K.C. obviously indicates he'll line up as the team's new top ILB. Hitchens should be in for much bigger stats and more IDP value with the Chiefs than he's posted to this point. We'll see whether Dallas seeks a replacement or believes Jaylon Smith is ready to step in as a full-timer.

WR Sammy Watkins is set to sign with the Chiefs when free agency opens on Wednesday. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that it's a 3-year, $48 million deal with a whopping $30 million guaranteed. Watkins never seemed to fully settle into the Rams offense after being dealt to Los Angeles last August. But he averaged a strong 15.2 yards per catch and scored 8 times. Most importantly, he didn't miss a game due to injury for the 1st time since his rookie campaign back in 2014. Watkins turns just 25 in June and remains a big-time talent. He has target competition on his hands, though, joining a Chiefs offense featuring TE Travis Kelce, WR Tyreek Hill and RB Kareem Hunt. It's a loaded group, making 2nd-year QB Patrick Mahomes a major breakout candidate in 2018.

The Chiefs have ruled TE Travis Kelce out for the rest of the Wild Card round game against the Titans with a concussion. It's his 2nd concussion of the season, following an October head injury that didn't cost Kelce any games. Demetrius Harris will see more activity in the 2nd half.

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Chiefs TE Travis Kelce is a healthy scratch for today's finale against the Broncos. Demetrius Harris will serve as K.C.'s lead TE. RB Kareem Hunt is active, but we'd be surprised if he played much.

Dolphins RB Damien Williams (shoulder) is inactive for today’s game against the Bills. Kenyan Drake will again operate as Miami’s feature back in a pristine matchup.

 
 
 

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