The Kansas City Chiefs continue their preparation for Sunday’s AFC Championship game against the Tennessee Titans — and head coach Andy Reid spoke to the press before Wednesday’s practice got underway.
Reid said that three Chiefs — defensive tackle Chris Jones, running back LeSean McCoy and backup quarterback Matt Moore — would be held out from Wednesday’s session.
QB Matt Moore and RB LeSean McCoy will NOT practice today. They are sick. Chris Jones won’t go either — he’s resting his calf.— Arrowhead Pride (@ArrowheadPride) January 15, 2020
Reid said that both McCoy and Moore are sick — but Jones is being held out to rest his calf, which he injured toward the end of last Thursday’s practice.
Jones being held out from practice isn’t surprising — but it is also disappointing. The star defensive tackle didn’t practice on Friday before the Divisional round game against the Houston Texans. Listed as questionable at the time, Jones didn’t end up playing on Sunday.
But since the Chiefs had indicated Jones’s playing status would be a game time decision, there was hope that after a few additional days of rest, Jones might at least be able to get back into the practice routine. So far, that hasn’t happened.
But there was good news, too. Reid said that tight end Travis Kelce was felling better — and would be practicing on Wednesday.
Travis Kelce “feels better this week than he did last week.” Andy Reid said it’s a lighter practice Wednesday.— Arrowhead Pride (@ArrowheadPride) January 15, 2020
Going in to last weekend, Kelce was also questionable because of soreness in his IT band — a long tendon that runs down the outside of the leg. Kelce, however, played on Sunday, gaining 134 yards (and scoring three touchdowns) on 10 catches.