Anthony Hitchens Injury Updates

Chiefs LB Anthony Hitchens put in full practices Tuesday and Wednesday, and the team left him off the final injury reports. He should be set to return Thursday night against the Broncos from the groin injury that cost him Week 6. That will push Ben Niemann back to a small role. He played just 13, 15 and 13 snaps the 3 games before Hitchens left early in Week 5. The Chiefs will miss CB Kendall Fuller (thumb) and DT Chris Jones (groin) against Denver, however. CB Bashaud Breeland is questionable for the game despite not having an injury. He did not travel with the team, but the Broncos have so far given no details on the corner's situation.

The Chiefs have ruled DT Chris Jones (groin) out for Sunday's game against the Texans. LB Anthony Hitchens is questionable with his own groin injury. He put in limited practices all week after leaving last week's game for good in the 1st half. We'll see about his status Sunday morning. If Hitchens doesn't play, Ben Niemann would fill in at near full time.

Chiefs LB Anthony Hitchens left Sunday night's game against the Colts in the 1st half with a groin injury. The team deemed him questionable to return.

Update: K.C. has ruled Hitchens out for the game.

Chiefs HC Andy Reid said Monday that WR Sammy Watkins and LB Anthony Hitchens have "a pretty good chance" to return for Monday night's game against the Rams in Mexico City, according to BJ Kissel of the team website. Watkins was inactive for Sunday's win over the Cardinals with a foot injury. Hitchens was active but didn't play a snap as he deals with a rib injury. We'll keep an eye on both players throughout the week, but expect to have Watkins and Hitchens available for Week 11 fantasy usage.

Despite being active for Sunday's game against the Cardinals, Chiefs ILB Anthony Hitchens didn't play a snap. There didn't appear to be any report from the team beforehand that this would be the case. Hitchens has been dealing with a rib injury, but he played through a "questionable" tag in Week 9 and re-entered that game after appearing to aggravate it. He then put in limited practices this week. We'll see if better info precedes next Monday's clash with the Rams.

Chiefs ILB Anthony Hitchens (ribs) is active for today's game against the Browns. That makes him available for IDP usage, but he carries risk. Along with the durability question attached to his rib injury, Hitchens played just 65% and 75% of the defensive snaps the past 2 weeks (though the 2nd game found him leaving early with the injury).

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Chiefs ILB Anthony Hitchens came away from Sunday's win over the Broncos with "severely bruised ribs" that have rendered him week-to-week. "Too early to tell how much time he'll miss," Rapoport added. That makes it sound like Hitchens has a pretty good chance to miss at least 1 game. Add that he had just played a season-low 65% of the snaps the week before (coaches' choice), and IDP owners should just keep Hitchens out of the Week 9 plans. Reggie Ragland played a season-high 74% of the snaps Sunday and looks like the best bet for tackle production inside the K.C. defense. The Cleveland matchup carries plenty of fantasy upside for LBs.

Cowboys LB Anthony Hitchens (groin) is questionable for Thursday night's game against Washington. Hitchens played through the issue on Thanksgiving and totaled 7 tackles. We expect him to play. LB Sean Lee will miss his 3rd straight game with a hamstring injury.

Cowboys LB Anthony Hitchens left in the 2nd half of Sunday night's loss to the Eagles with what Jerry Jones called a groin pull, according to Pro Football Talk. Hitchens was due for an MRI Monday, though we have yet to see any results from that. Dallas will already be without lead LB Sean Lee for Thursday's game against the Chargers.

The Cowboys will start Anthony Hitchens at MLB and Sean Lee on the weak side Sunday against the 49ers, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. That means 2nd-year LB Jaylon Smith will return to a reserve role. The Dallas plan had reportedly been to bring Smith along slowly in his 1st season of on-field action, but Hitchens' August knee fracture and Lee's recent hamstring injury forced him to play more snaps and make the defensive calls. “I don’t see a lot of physical limitations,” DC Rod Marinelli said this week. “It’s just a lot for a young guy, a rookie, coming in at that position. It’s a lot and the communication and all the things you have — close calls, adjustments — it can wear you out as you go. It’s a lot to it.” Smith remains interesting long term. Hitchens' contract runs out after this season, so we could see the youngster back in the middle to open 2018. But Smith is safe to drop in redraft IDP leagues.

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Cowboys OLB Sean Lee left Sunday night's loss with a concussion, his 2nd of the season. The veteran previously suffered 1 back in Week 4 but didn't miss a game then. We'll see what happens this time. Shortly after Lee's departure, replacement Anthony Hitchens left with an ankle injury. We'll see about the severity of that as well. Andrew Gachkar followed Hitchens into the lineup but wouldn't be worth much IDP attention if Lee and Hitchens miss further time.

 
 
 

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