Kansas City Chiefs Injury Updates

Chiefs LB Ben Niemann left in the 1st half of Sunday's win over the Falcons with a hamstring injury. With Anthony Hitchens (COVID list) and Damien Wilson (knee) already inactive, that left Darius Harris and Willie Gay Jr. to lead the LB corps in playing time. Harris edged Gay by 5 snaps, but Gay posted a team-high 9 tackles (7 solo). Kansas City clinched the AFC's top playoff seed with the win, so a meaningless Week 17 would seem like the perfect spot to give the 2nd-round rookie another start and a long look -- especially with other LBs nursing injuries. We'll see how this week unfolds, though.

Chiefs DT Chris Jones is questionable for Sunday's game against the Texans. Jones sustained a calf injury in Thursday's practice and then missed Friday's workout. Jones missed 3 games earlier this season, a span that included losses to Houston and Green Bay. Jones' absence would hurt both the run defense and the pass rush. We'll see about his availability Sunday afternoon.

Chiefs DE Emmanuel Ogbah left Sunday's game at Tennessee early with a chest injury and did not return. Ogbah had been seeing more playing time lately with DE Alex Okafor out (ankle). We'll see about the status of both edge players leading up to Monday night's game against the Chargers.

Chiefs DE Frank Clark (neck) is active for today's game against the Titans. He carries attractive sack upside after missing the past 2 games. CB Kendall Fuller (thumb) in inactive, missing his 4th straight game since sustaining a thumb injury. That's good news for Titans slot WR Adam Humphries.

The Chiefs get DT Chris Jones back from a groin injury for today's game against the Vikings. He had missed the past 3 games. DE Frank Clark (neck) and CB Kendall Fuller (thumb) are inactive once again, though.

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.

Chiefs CB Kendall Fuller left Sunday's loss to the Texans early with a right thumb injury. He's headed for X-rays, according to multiple reports. The short week before Thursday night's game at Denver could challenge his ability to be ready for Week 7. We'll keep an eye on Fuller's status.

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.

The Chiefs are using their franchise tag to keep OLB Dee Ford from reaching free agency. Reports have also surfaced that the team is trying to trade OLB Justin Houston. Ford enjoyed a breakthrough 2018, with 55 total tackles and 13 sacks -- both career highs. He also led all edge players with 78 total pressures, according to Pro Football Focus. Houston has reached 9 sacks each of the past 2 years but has also lost 4+ games to injury in 3 of the past 4 seasons. At 30, Houston's likely on the downside of his career. We'll see where this offseason takes him. He's worth holding in dynasty leagues that weigh sacks/pressures decently. You're not likely to find much trade value in him, and Houston has continued to flash high weekly upside when healthy.

Chiefs S Eric Berry is "unlikely" to play against the Colts today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Berry is officially questionable with the heel injury that has dogged him since his late-season return.

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).

Chiefs HC Andy Reid told reporters early Wednesday that he expected OLB Justin Houston to return to practice after missing 3 games with a hamstring injury. "He's going to do a little bit today but just very, very limited," Reid said. "But he is making progress." The team then listed Houston as a non-participant in the official practice report. So if Houston did anything, it couldn't have been much. It's nice that the veteran pass-rusher is making some progress, but he doesn't look like a good bet for this week's upside matchup with the Browns. If Houston remains out, OLB Breeland Speaks would be an option in deeper IDP leagues. Speaks has delivered 17 total pressures over K.C.'s past 4 games, starting with the contest Houston left early.

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.

 
 
 

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