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Frank Clark active against Titans; LeSean McCoy will not play

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The inactives list has a small surprise — and a big one

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The Kansas City Chiefs have released their list of inactive players for their game against the Tennessee Titans — and defensive end Frank Clark will be active for the game. Running back LeSean McCoy, however, is inactive for the game.

Clark was listed as questionable for the game in the final injury report on Friday. He has missed two games with an unspecified neck injury and was limited for all three days of practice in the past week. It’s a safe bet that his snaps will be limited.

We are unaware of any injury to McCoy, so he is presumed to be a healthy scratch for the game. But a tweet from NFL Network reporter James Palmer says this is a preplanned move.

McCoy did, however, have costly fumbles in losses to the Indianapolis Colts and Green Bay Packers; otherwise, he has been effective. The Chiefs have plenty of healthy running backs. Running back Damien Williams was productive in last week’s victory over the Minnesota Vikings, and rookie running back Darwin Thompson — who has been been inactive in three of the last five weeks — will be suiting up for the game. Resting a 31-year-old running back like McCoy would be an effective strategy — but there had been no previous hint of it.

Defensive end Alex Okafor and left tackle Eric Fisher were declared out in Friday’s injury report. Cornerback Kendall Fuller and right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif were listed as questionable on Friday and will not play.

Defensive tackle Mike Pennel and quarterback Chad Henne are healthy scratches. If quarterback Patrick Mahomes leaves the game, Matt Moore will step in.

Titans starting cornerback Malcolm Butler was placed in injured reserve in the past week. Starting linebacker Jayon Brown, defensive tackle Jurrell Casey and tight end Delanie Walker — all starters — were ruled out on Friday, and will not play. Wide receiver Corey Davis was doubtful on Friday, and will not play.