Here is the Chiefs’ second official injury report of the week:
- Right tackle Mitch Schwartz (back) has missed the first two practices of the week. It seems as though the Chiefs might sit him another week into the bye, giving him two more weeks to rest his back. He has not practiced since October 17.
- Defensive end Frank Clark (knee) was back in the mix on Thursday with a limited designation.
- Defensive tackle Chris Jones (groin), registered a limited practice, but it was not injury related. With his addition to the COVID list, it is worth wondering if he was pulled midway through practice for those reasons.
- Wide receiver Sammy Watkins (hamstring) has logged two practices in a row with limited participation. Cornerback L’Jarius Sneed (shoulder) does not appear on the injury report — he would first need to be activated from injured reserve — but it is safe to assume he worked again on Thursday.
- Like Sneed, Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (ankle) is designated to return but still on injured reserve, so he does not appear on the report. McCaffrey has reportedly looked “fresh and fast” at practice. He has missed the last six games.
- The Panthers’ key player to watch is rookie safety Jeremy Chinn (knee), who has been outstanding his season. He did not practice on Wednesday but practiced limitedly on Thursday.
- Defensive end Marquis Haynes (shoulder) popped up on the injury report after being unlisted on Wednesday. A rotational lineman, Haynes shares the Panthers’ team lead for sacks with 3.0. That status is now worth monitoring.
- The Panthers designated rookie second-round defensive end Yetur Gross-Matos (ankle) to return, and they reportedly hope he can play this week against the Chiefs. He has not played for Carolina in three games.
For Wednesday’s Chiefs-Panthers injury report, click here.