The Kansas City Chiefs should be prepared to play this week without WR Jeremy Maclin, who has entered into the NFL's concussion protocol. The Chiefs host the fifth-ranked Steelers defense on Sunday.
I don't know any specifics about the severity of the concussion suffered by Maclin last week but concussions are a serious injury and he won't be returning until the Chiefs medical staff is comfortable with him doing so. It would not surprise me if that lasted more than one week but all concussions are different.
The Chiefs should be getting to play with Albert Wilson and Chris Conley this week. I'm not quite ready to be tanking yet and looking at all the younger players yet but I am excited to see more of both Wilson and Conley.
Wilson in particular had a solid game against the Vikings with three catches for 57 yards. That was the first catch he's recorded since Week 1 after he battled a shoulder injury early this season. The bottom line with Wilson is that he has more potential than he's shown so far this year and should be on the field more often.
Conley's season has been up and down but that's to be expected with a rookie. He has athleticism for days and that pops when watching him on the field. But he isn't as reliable catching the ball as he can be. Get those drops under control and I like the possibilities.
The Chiefs other receiver options include Jason Avant, De'Anthony Thomas and Frankie Hammond. If Maclin is out, Wilson and Conley will be the top two options.