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 Cleveland Browns in the NFL’s Divisional round at 2:05 p.m. Arrowhead Time on Sunday.
Here is the Chiefs’ first official injury report of the week:
- Three Chiefs missed practice to begin the week on Wednesday — cornerback Rashad Fenton (foot/ankle), linebacker Willie Gay (high ankle) and wide receiver Sammy Watkins (calf). Both Fenton and Gay suffered injuries in the Chiefs’ Week 17 game against the Los Angeles Chargers. Watkins’ injury came in Week 16 against the Atlanta Falcons.
- Running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire returned to practice for the first time since suffering his high-ankle sprain Week 15. He was limited. Chiefs head coach Andy Reid sounded optimistic on his status for Sunday.
- Reid on Edwards-Helaire: “I had a chance to see him in a couple of the rehab procedures as of late and he gets after it. A lot of it is the way you approach it and the trust you have in the trainers and so on. I mean, we’ve all had injuries, you guys have had injuries too, so you know that you think you’re going to break something by pushing it, but normally the trainers have a pretty good feel on what you can do and can’t do and you kind of surprise yourself. But I’ll tell you, this kid, he just kind of went right at it. I mean, he was fearless with it and as a result, I’d tell you he’s probably a little ahead and we’ve just got to evaluate it. We’re not going to do anything to jeopardize him or his career, I mean, that’s not what we’re doing. We’ve taken it day by day with him and we’ll keep doing that and just see how he does here.”
- Chiefs tight end Deon Yelder (groin) was also limited.
- It did not sound like Reid anticipates the return of right tackle Mitch Schwartz, who remains on injured reserve due to a back issue.
- Reid on Schwartz: “Backs are fickle, so he’s not going to be back this week, and then we’re literally taking that day by day. I mean, these things are crazy. There’s nobody that wants to play more than this guy. You know how he’s wired—you don’t play all the games he played in a row and not enjoy the game. But he physically can’t do that right now, and we’ll just see how it goes down the road. I don’t think anybody’s lost hope in that, just sometimes time is an important thing here.”
- Three Browns were absent to start the practice week, including right tackle Jack Conklin (hamstring/knee) and linebacker B.J. Goodson (shoulder).