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Chiefs’ Wednesday injury report vs. Bengals: Cincinnati could be missing some key starters against Chiefs

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The players to watch for Cincinnati are cornerback Darqueze Dennard and safety Shawn Williams.

Each practice day, the Kansas City Chiefs will release an official injury report leading up to the next game. The Chiefs host the Cincinnati Bengals this week at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday Night Football.

Here is the Chiefs’ first official injury report of the week:

Bengals

Some notes

  • No big surprises for the Chiefs here. Safety Eric Berry (heel) not practicing has become the norm—in case you’re wondering, it’s now been 66 days since he’s practiced or played. Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said this regarding Berry Wednesday morning: “Eric Berry is still recovering and making progress but won’t practice today.”
  • We anticipated linebacker Justin Houston (hamstring strain) would be out a while based upon the NFL Network report from Mike Garafolo, who said he’d miss a few weeks.
  • Safety Eric Murray, who missed practice all of last week due to an ankle injury, was back in the mix for the Chiefs. So was linebacker Tanoh Kpassagnon, who didn’t play against the New England Patriots. Both practicing fully on Wednesday is a promising sign for this Sunday night. The injuries to offensive lineman Cam Erving (quad) and linebacker Anthony Hitchens (groin) are new, but they weren’t serious enough to keep them out of practice Wednesday.
  • The Bengals had 15 players listed on their Wednesday injury report—rather Belichickian. The two injuries to watch are those of cornerback Darqueze Dennard and safety Shawn Williams, two starters in the Cincinnati secondary. The Bengals already said Dennard is likely out for the game against the Chiefs, and Williams is a question mark. Patrick Mahomes has been having his way with secondaries against their starters—imagine if he and the Chiefs have the opportunities to pick on backups.