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Anthony Hitchens out for Sunday’s game against the Texans

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Hitchens — listed as questionsable for the game — will not be active

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The Kansas City Chiefs have released their list of inactive players for Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans at Arrowhead Stadium, per old friend BJ Kissel.

Two Chiefs players were listed as questionable in the final injury report on Friday: wide receiver Tyreek Hill and linebacker Anthony Hitchens. Hill will play against the Texans. In fact, an early indicator from friend-of-the-site Matt Derrick of Chiefs Digest suggests that Hill will be all the way in for the game.

Hitchens, however, will be out for the game, as will wide receiver Sammy Watkins, who had been listed as doubtful for the game. Our in-house sports medicine expert Aaron Borgman notes that Hitchens’ absence is a bit surprising, but that Hitchens might well be available against the Denver Broncos on Thursday.

Derrick also reported that it appears linebacker Ben Niemann will take Hitcens’ place in the lineup, while rookie Khalen Saunders will play in place of injured defensive tackle Chris Jones.

Also notable are the absences of offensive linemen Martinas Rankin and Nick Allegretti on the inactives list. Rankin played against the Indianapolis Colts last week, but Allegretti has not been active for a game all season.

Meanwhile, as previously reported, Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph and wide receiver Kenny Stills will be inactive for the game.