As we noted in the Kansas City Chiefs Thursday injury report, RB De'Anthony Thomas did not practice on Thursday. I wrote in that post that Fridays are usually big days for determining an injured players availability. So it's not good news to hear that Thomas did not practice on Friday and it's really not good news to hear Andy Reid indicate he's unlikely to play. (via @HerbieTeope):
Chiefs coach Andy Reid said it "will be a stretch" if RB De'Anthony Thomas (hamstring) will play Sunday. Thomas did not practice today.— Herbie Teope (@HerbieTeope) September 5, 2014
Yes I'm wondering if this is some gamesmanship, too. But if an injury comes up Wednesday, and you don't practice Thursday and Friday ... it's usually not a good sign. Obviously Andy Reid doesn't sound confident he'll be in the lineup.
Update: The Chiefs have listed DAT as doubtful for the game, which means he's highly unlikely to play.
Reid did say Thomas "ran pretty fast" on the treadmill today so we'll see, I suppose. If he can't go Hammond is the next man up at PR.— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) September 5, 2014
DAT's biggest impact could be as a punt returner. Offensively the Chiefs depth chart have plenty of options to replace him at running back: Jamaal Charles, Knile Davis, Cyrus Gray, Joe McKnight.
Here is the full injury report.
RB De'Anthony Thomas (hamstring)
C Eric Kush (shoulder)
CB Marcus Cooper (ankle)
WR AJ Jenkins (concussion)
S Eric Berry (heel)
DL Mike DeVito (hand)
LB Tamba Hali (knee)
WR Junior Hemingway (hip)
LB Josh Martin (quad)
DL Vance Walker (hand)
WR Albert Wilson (ankle)
FB Anthony Sherman (back)
LB Frank Zombo (groin)
Note: LB Joe Mays was placed on short-term IR this week. Josh Mauga will start in his place.