Each practice day of the season, the Kansas City Chiefs release an official injury report leading up to the next game. This week, the Chiefs are on the road to play the Tennessee Titans on Sunday at Noon Arrowhead Time.
Here is the Chiefs’ first official injury report of the week:
|Rodger Saffold III||G||Shoulder||LP||-||-||-|
- On a day in which 11 Chiefs either did not practice or were limited, let’s start with the good news: defensive lineman Chris Jones (wrist) and cornerback Charvarius Ward (quad) returned to practice (more on that here).
- Tight end Travis Kelce (neck) and safety Tyrann Mathieu (thumb/toe) were also limited, though based upon head coach Andy Reid’s post-game comments, we expected those statuses. The limited statuses for both defensive tackle Jarran Reed (back) and right guard Trey Smith (ankle) are new and worth monitoring this week.
- The Chiefs listed as non-participants were all to be expected. Tight end Jody Fortson had surgery on his Achilles on Wednesday and linebacker Anthony Hitchens (triceps) is unlikely to play given the team’s roster moves. Fullback Michael Burton (pec) also did not practice.
- My expectation is the other two non-participants — wide receiver Tyreek Hill (quad) and left guard Joe Thuney (hand) — will play against the Titans, as they missed practice to start the week leading into the Washington Football Team matchup and went on to play.
- Offensive lineman Kyle Long (lower leg) is now eligible to return from the Reserve/PUP (physically unable to perform) list, but he has not returned to practice.
- Reid on Long (Monday): “I normally meet with (vice president of sports medicine and performance) Rick (Burkholder) here this afternoon, so I’ll know more about all of that once we get to that point, but right now I don’t have anything for you.”
- Seven Titans did not practice to start the week, including key players in wide receivers A.J. Brown (illness), Julio Jones (hamstring) and left tackle Taylor Lewan (concussion). My early thought is that Brown plays against the Chiefs while Jones and Lewan do not.
- It is always worth watching a kicker on the injury report. Titans kicker Randy Bullock missed practice with a shoulder injury.