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Chiefs vs. Panthers final injury report: Sammy Watkins downgraded to out

Kansas City plays the Carolina Panthers on Sunday at Noon 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 host the Carolina Panthers on Sunday at Noon Arrowhead Time.

Here is the Chiefs’ final injury report of the week with official injury designations:

Chiefs

Panthers

Some notes

  • Right tackle Mitch Schwartz (back), who has not practiced since October 17, is the only Chiefs player who will be out against the Panthers — that’s the third straight missed game for Schwartz.
  • Defensive end Frank Clark (knee) and wide receiver Sammy Watkins (hamstring) were both limited on Friday. Clark is questionable while Watkins was downgraded to out on Saturday. Watkins will missed his fourth game in a row.
  • After a potential COVID scare, it seems as though defensive tackle Chris Jones (groin) will be good to go on Sunday.
  • Cornerback L’Jarius Sneed (shoulder) does not appear on the injury report — he would first need to be activated from injured reserve — but he is assumed to have worked in some capacity all week. We’ll see if the Chiefs activate him on Saturday.
  • Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (ankle), who missed the last six games, will reportedly play against the Chiefs on Sunday. Like in the case of Sneed, the Panthers still need to activate him from injured reserve.
  • The Panthers’ key player to watch is rookie safety Jeremy Chinn (knee), who has been outstanding his season. He did not practice on Wednesday and only practiced limitedly on Thursday and Friday. He is questionable.
  • 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. He is also questionable after a limited practice on Friday.
  • Panthers left tackle Russell Okung (calf) is officially doubtful. He missed last game due to injury.
  • The Panthers designated rookie second-round defensive end Yetur Gross-Matos (ankle) to return on Thursday, and they reportedly hope he can play this week against the Chiefs. He has not played for Carolina in three games.

For Thursday’s Chiefs-Panthers injury report, click here.