Hill even went as far as describing his foot as “bad” to reporters, according to NBC Sports.
HILL: “Our people did a tremendous job wrapping my foot. I was still feeling my heel, but at the same time, I knew that man, if you want the W, if you want to be a great receiver, this is your moment to make plays.”
He still finished with eight receptions for 139 yards and one of the biggest catches of the game as the Chiefs faced fourth-and-9 late in the fourth quarter.
With the release of running back Kareem Hunt and the questions surrounding the foot injury to Sammy Watkins, the Chiefs could ill afford to lose Hill, especially with such an important game coming up against the Los Angeles Chargers on Thursday night.
But that won’t be the case, according to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
A further examination of the foot injury that Chiefs’ WR Tyreek Hill sustained Sunday showed “nothing serious” and he now will be considered “day to day”, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 10, 2018
Cue the day-to-day jokes.
“I’m sure he’s sore,” head coach Andy Reid said on Monday. “If I was a betting man, I’d probably say that he’d play. He loves to play the game.”
Presuming Hill is actually “day to day” and not Eric Berry “day to day,” it is a good bet that Hill plays on Thursday night, which should be pleasing to quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
“He means a lot to the whole entire team,” Mahomes said of Hill on Monday. “Just the attention that he gets from defenses. They have to game-plan for him, kind of like (Travis) Kelce, so it opens up everybody else but then he’s still able to make plays and beat double teams or beat tight coverage and that’s something that truly helps take our offense to the next level.”
When asked if he’ll be healthy enough to play Thursday night against the #Chargers, Tyreek said yes w/o hesitation.— Aly Trost (@AlyTrost) December 9, 2018
Mahomes was proud of Hill’s willingness to stay in the game despite his ailments on Sunday.
“He’s a fighter,” Mahomes added. “You see that by how he plays and it shows how well he is at becoming a receiver and not having to rely on speed every single route. He just relies on his route running now and the speed—that takes him over the top.”
One of our winners from Sunday, Hill has a career-high 1,258 yards on the season to go along with his team-leading 11 touchdowns. He is 133 yards away from tying the franchise record for a single-season receiving yard output with three games to play.