The Kansas City Chiefs continue their preparations to face the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Championship — but for the second straight day, they will do so with defensive tackle Chris Jones on the sidelines of the practice field.
Speaking to the media before the practice session, head coach Andy Reid said Jones would not practice on Thursday — along with running back LeSean McCoy and backup quarterback Matt Moore.
Chris Jones WILL NOT practice Thursday as he continues to recover. Matt Moore and LeSean McCoy are still sick.— Arrowhead Pride (@ArrowheadPride) January 16, 2020
Jones is working through a calf injury he sustained in last Thursday’s practice as the team prepared to face the Houston Texans. He playing status on Sunday was a game time decision — and the Chiefs kept him off the field.
Reid refused to speculate about whether Jones would practice on Friday.
Andy Reid wouldn’t commit to Chris Jones not practicing Friday (he didn’t practice Wednesday, won’t Thursday)… said practice or not, #Chiefs will do what’s best for the team.— Pete Sweeney (@pgsween) January 16, 2020
Jones did appear on the field during the portion of practice open to the media, speaking with Steve Spagnuolo and testing his calf while his teammates warmed up for practice.
Chris Jones talks to Steve Spagnuolo, then appears to test out his calf Thursday ahead of the AFC title. pic.twitter.com/ZvKpXU4uf6— Arrowhead Pride (@ArrowheadPride) January 16, 2020
McCoy and Moore both missed practice for the second straight day; they were also held out of Wednesday’s practice with undisclosed illnesses. According to the official injury report released on Wednesday afternoon, Titans cornerback Logan Ryan also missed practice due to an illness.
Tight end Travis Kelce, who played in Sunday’s game with a sore IT band — that is, the tendon than runs along the outside of the leg — was limited in Wednesday’s practice. He is presumed to be practicing on Thursday — but will likely be limited again.
On Wednesday, the Titans had five players listed as limited practice participants: linebackers Jayon Brown, Rashaan Evans and David Long, along with wide receiver Adam Humphries and cornerback Adoree Jackson.