Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Anthony Hitchens will not practice Wednesday due to what the team is calling a “triceps contusion,” an injury he suffered during the team’s 31-13 win over the Washington Football Team. It is worth noting that the team and initial reports said that Hitchens injured his elbow.
Initial belief is #Chiefs LB Anthony Hitchens suffered a hyperextended elbow, per source. Further tests will determine exact nature of injury.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) October 17, 2021
The Chiefs signed a veteran linebacker and protected two linebackers on their practice squad ahead of Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans. These moves indicate that the Chiefs may need depth with Hitchens’ potential absence from the lineup.
With Hitchens playing only 11 snaps against Washington because of the injury, veteran linebacker Ben Niemann took over the green-dot (communication) duties, finishing with 42 snaps (72%). Rookie Nick Bolton had 38 snaps (66%) and second-year linebacker Willie Gay Jr. had 18 snaps (31%).
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid noted that all three are capable of handling the green dot, if necessary.
“All three of them will be in there going at different spots,” said Reid. “[Steve Spagnuolo] has a lot of different personnel groups in there. All three of them can make the calls they need.”
Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo may offer more clarity on the Chiefs’ plans should Hitchens not be available when he speaks to the media on Thursday.
Reid’s other Wednesday injury notes
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid says that FB Michael Burton (pec), WR Tyreek Hill (quad), LB Anthony Hitchens (triceps) & LG Joe Thuney (hand) won’t practice today.— Pete Sweeney (@pgsween) October 20, 2021
DL Chris Jones (wrist) and CB Charvarius Ward (quad) to go.
TE Jody Fortson had surgery on his Achilles this morning.