When Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid took the podium on Wednesday ahead of the team’s game against the Washington Football Team, he had a list of six Chiefs players that would not be practicing. That is the bad news for Kansas City.
Reid said tight end Blake Bell’s back tightened up, wide receiver Tyreek Hill has a quad contusion, linebacker Anthony Hitchens has knee inflammation, defensive lineman Chris Jones has a wrist contusion, left guard Joe Thuney has a broken hand and cornerback Charvarius Ward still has a quad strain.
Bell, Hill, Hitchens and Thuney suffered injuries during Sunday night’s game against the Buffalo Bills, whereas Jones and Ward missed the game entirely. Ward has now missed three games in a row.
Reid did have some good news after informing the media about the injuries.
“It seems like a long list, but I think when it’s all said and done with, we’ll be able to get guys back here in the next little bit, which is a positive thing,” said Reid.
Despite the hand fracture, Thuney won’t go on injured reserve, per the head coach.
“Probably not right now,” said Reid. “He just did the walkthrough with us, and so, I think it’s just, we give him a little time here for that thing [to] settle down. I think we’ll have a chance to be OK.”
This likely means that the left guard will play through the injury. Reid also detailed when Jones may be back in the lineup.
“Where he feels comfortable where he can play,” said Reid. “That’s literally it — when he feels that he can do his job, then he’ll be back in — but he’s getting better, though, so that’s a plus.”
We already know the Chiefs will be without running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire for Sunday’s game — and at least two additional contests. The initial Chiefs-Football Team injury report will be out midafternoon on Wednesday.