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Xavier Williams suffered high ankle sprain; could miss significant time

The defensive tackle was injured in Sunday’s game against the Colts

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According to a report from NFL Network reporter Tom Pelissero, and MRI on Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Xavier Williams has revealed that he suffered a high ankle sprain during Sunday night’s 19-13 loss to the Indianapolis Colts at Arrowhead Stadium.

Pelissero’s source indicates that Williams could miss 4-6 weeks with the injury — which means the Chiefs will have to consider the possibility of placing the fifth-year veteran on injured reserve.

If they do, Williams would have to miss at least eight games before being allowed to return to the roster — and like all NFL teams, the Chiefs may only return two players from injured reserve during the season.

Currently the Chiefs have eight players on IR: Felton Davis, Chad Henne, Davon Grayson, Marcus Kemp, John Lovett, Keith Reaser, Breeland Speaks and David Wells. Of those, only the first two — Davis and Henne — would be eligible to return before the end of the season; the rest were placed on IR before the first game of the season and are therefore ineligible to return this year.

A rotational player, Williams has been on the field for 33% of the Chiefs’ defensive snaps through the first five games of the season. Through 113 snaps, he has accumulated eight tackles (seven solo) and a forced fumble, but no quarterback hits or sacks.

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