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Chiefs vs. Buccaneers Wednesday injury report: Sammy Watkins tracking to return (again)

Kansas City plays Tampa Bay on Sunday at 3:25 p.m. Arrowhead Time.

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Each practice day of the season, the Kansas City Chiefs release an official injury report leading up to the next game. The Chiefs travel to play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday at 3:25 p.m. Arrowhead Time.

Here is the Chiefs’ first official injury report of the week:

Chiefs

Buccaneers

Some notes

  • Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle Mitch Schwartz (back) is off the injury report for the time being since the team added him to injured reserve over the weekend. Wide receiver Byron Pringle (ankle) was placed on IR on Tuesday.
  • Wide receiver Sammy Watkins (hamstring) was back to being a full participant, just as he was last Wednesday. This is still a player to watch, as he wound up being limited Thursday and Friday last week and was ultimately ruled out against the Las Vegas Raiders. Watkins has not played since Week 5.
  • Wide receiver Tyreek Hill seemed optimistic about Watkins’ return this time around in his press availability: “[Wednesday] at practice, Sammy had a ridiculous catch at practice, and I was like, ‘Yeah, Sammy’s still got it.’ I mean, he pretty much knows the whole entire offense. He’s a hard worker, he’s a veteran in this league, he already knows how to come back. He’s been working his butt off in therapy, during the bye week and I’m excited for him. The whole offense is just excited for Sammy to come back. We need to be at full strength. We need Sammy, we need Pringle, we need all of us together so Pat can really use his full arsenal.”
  • The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have three offensive linemen of note on their injury report: left guard Ali Marpet (concussion), who has not played since Week 8, put in a full practice. Center A.Q. Shipley (neck) and left tackle Donovan Smith (ankle) did not practice, but Bucs coach Bruce Arians noted that Smith does not miss many games.