The Kansas City Chiefs have released their list of inactive players for Sunday’s Divisional round playoff matchup against the Cleveland Browns at Arrowhead Stadium. Running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle/hip) and cornerback Rashad Fenton will not play in the game, but tight end Ricky Seals-Jones will be active.
Here are the Chiefs’ inactives for today’s game against Cleveland:— Matt McMullen (@KCChiefs_Matt) January 17, 2021
WR Sammy Watkins
RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire
CB Rashad Fenton
LB Willie Gay
OT Martinas Rankin
DE Tim Ward
DT Khalen Saunders
As expected, rookie linebacker Willie Gay (ankle) and wide receiver Sammy Watkins (calf) will not play; both were listed as out in Friday’s final injury report.
Edwards-Helaire and Fenton were both listed as questionable in Friday’s final injury report. After being limited in Wednesday’s practice, Edwards-Helaire did not practice on Thursday and Friday. Fenton was out on Wednesday but returned for limited practice during the last two days. Neither will play on Sunday.
Seals-Jones did not appear on the injury report this week, but fellow tight end Deon Yelder was listed as questionable on Friday. On Saturday, the team put Yelder on injured reserve and moved Seal-Jones from the practice squad back to the active roster. This strongly suggests Seals-Jones will be replacing Yelder for the rest of the postseason. Seals-Jones was on the roster for 15 games during the regular season but was inactive for all but two of them.
Just before Noon (Arrowhead Time), the Chiefs tweeted that starting tackle Mike Remmers was questionable for the game with an illness. He will now be active for the game; we’ll need to keep an eye on him.
But starting linebackers Anthony Hitchens and Damien Wilson will both be back. Hitchens (and defensive end Michael Danna) came off the reserve/COVID list on Monday. After being limited in practice before the Week 17 game against the Los Angeles Chargers, Wilson didn’t appear on this week’s injury report; he should be at full strength.
The Chiefs also elevated wide receiver Gehrig Dieter and cornerback Chris Lammons from the practice squad for this game. Both will be active on Sunday and automatically revert to the practice squad on Monday.
Running back Le’Veon Bell (knee), linebacker Ben Niemann (hamstring), defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi (knee), wide receiver Demarcus Robinson (back) and safety Armani Watts (concussion) all appeared on this week’s injury report, but all were full participants in each practice — and are active for the Browns game.
The Browns have also released their inactives list for Sunday’s game.
#Browns inactives:— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) January 17, 2021
WR Marvin Hall
CB Brian Allen
S Jovante Moffatt
OT Alex Taylor
WR Alexander Hollins
TE Kyle Markway
DE Joe Jackson
Tackle Jack Conklin (hamstring/knee), linebacker B.J. Goodson (shoulder) and tight end David Njoku (hamstring) were all listed as questionable in Cleveland’s final injury report. None of them practiced on Wednesday or Thursday and were limited in Friday’s practice. All three will be active against the Chiefs. So will Tight end Stephen Carlson (groin) — also listed as questionable — after being limited on Thursday and held out of practice on Friday.
Four Browns players — defensive end Myles Garrett (shoulder), defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson (neck), guard Wyatt Teller (ankle) and center J.C. Tretter (knee) — were limited on both Wednesday and Thursday, but returned to full practice on Friday. All are active for the game — as are wide receiver Jarvis Landry (hip) and running back D’Ernest Johnson (finger), who appeared on this week’s injury reports but practiced fully.
The Browns played Sunday night’s Wild Card game against the Pittsburgh Steelers with head coach Kevin Stefanski pacing his basement after he had tested positive for COVID-19. Defensive backs Kevin Johnson and Denzel Ward, guard Joel Bitonio and wide receiver Khadarel Hodge were all on the reserve/COVID list. All four of those players — and Stefanski — are back for Sunday’s game.
Meanwhile, the Browns placed tackle Michael Dunn and defensive back Robert Jackson on injured reserve on Tuesday.
On Saturday, the Browns elevated practice squad tight end Kyle Markway and tackle Alex Taylor to the active roster. But both are inactive for the game; they will return to the taxi squad on Monday.