Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid had his regular press session in advance of the team’s Wednesday practice at the team facility on the grounds of Truman Sports Complex.
Facing a larger-then-usual crowd — typical for the week before a Divisional round playoff — Reid said just one player will miss Wednesday’s practice: cornerback Morris Claiborne.
CB Mo Claiborne (personal) is the only #Chiefs player not practicing on Wednesday.— Arrowhead Pride (@ArrowheadPride) January 8, 2020
But according to Reid, Claiborne will miss Wednesday’s practice for unspecified personal reasons — suggesting that after the unanticipated posteason bye week the Chiefs just enjoyed, Claiborne could be ready to play for Sunday’s Divisional round matchup with the Houston Texans at Arrowhead Stadium.
The Chiefs will be likely to need the help in the defensive secondary. rookie safety Juan Thornhill was placed on injured reserve on Tuesday after sustaining a torn ACL in the season-ending win over the Los Angeles Chargers. Rather than promoting defensive back Chris Lammons — who was signed to the practice squad almost a month ago — the Chiefs chose to move offensive lineman Ryan Hunter into Thornhill’s roster spot.
Thursday’s move could be interpreted to mean the Claiborne will be available on Sunday — or at least that he is more likely to be ready than left guard Andrew Wylie, who missed the last two games of the season with an ankle injury.