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Mike Danna will play against Jets — but Khalen Saunders will not

The Chiefs and Jets have released their inactive lists for Sunday’s game at Arrowhead.

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The Kansas City Chiefs have released their list of inactive players for Sunday’s Week 8 game against the New York Jets at Arrowhead Stadium.

After being on injured reserve with a hamstring injury for the last three weeks, fifth-round rookie defensive end Michael Danna will play in the game. Danna returned to practice earlier this week and was activated from injured reserve on Saturday. He — along with veteran defensive end Taco Charlton, who missed last week’s game with a knee injury — will provide welcome depth at the position against the Jets.

Meanwhile, defensive end Demone Harris — who played while Danna and Charlton were out last week — will be inactive on Sunday.

In a surprise move, the Chiefs will keep defensive tackle Khalen Saunders on the sidelines. Saunders was on injured reserve for five weeks before being returned to the roster for last week’s game against the Denver Broncos, but practiced fully this week and did not have an injury designation for the game.

Running back Darwin Thompson — who was inactive last week — will dress for the game. Running DeAndre Washington — active in Week 7 — will sit this one out.

Right tackle Mitchell Schwartz (back) and wide receiver Sammy Watkins (hamstring) had already been listed as out on Friday’s final injury report. This will be the second game Schwartz has missed; Watkins will miss his third. Just as in last week’s game, Mike Remmers is expected to start in Schwartz’ place, while Demarcus Robinson will take Watkins’ starting spot.

On Saturday, wide receiver Marcus Kemp and guard Danny Isidora were named as game-day elevations from the practice squad. Under new standard elevation rules, both are active for Sunday’s game, but will automatically revert to the practice squad on Monday.

No other Chiefs were given injury designations or were listed as missing practice on the final injury report; the rest of the inactive players should be considered healthy scratches.

The New York Jets have also released their inactives for the game.

Safety Bradley McDougald (shoulder), wide receiver Breshad Perriman (concussion) and linebacker Blake Cashman (hamstring) were all listed as out in the Jets’ final injury report. On Saturday, guard Cameron Clark (illness) was also ruled out. None of them will play on Sunday.

On Saturday, the team placed McDougald on injured reserve and activated cornerback Arthur Maulet from the reserve list. After suffering a groin injury, Maulet hasn’t played since Week 2. He will be active for Sunday’s game, but rookie safety Ashtyn Davis will likely start in McDougald’s place.

Jets placekicker Sam Ficken (groin) was listed as doubtful on Friday. On Saturday, the Jets signed Sergio Castillo from their practice squad. Ficken will not play; Castillo will kick in Kansas City. The final report also listed wide receiver Jamison Crowder (groin) as doubtful; he will also miss Sunday’s game.

The Jets had shown running back Frank Gore (hand), linebacker Jordan Jenkins (ribs/shoulder), offensive linemen Conor McDermott (illness) and Josh Andrews (shoulder) as questionable for the Kansas City game. All will play on Sunday.

Like the Chiefs, the Jets elevated two practice-squad players for the game: linebacker Bryce Hager and wide receiver Jaleel Scott. Both will be active.

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