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Chiefs vs. Giants Thursday injury report: Saquon Barkley out of practice to start week

Kansas City hosts New York this week on Monday Night Football.

New York Giants v New Orleans Saints Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

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 host the New York Giants on Monday Night Football.

Here is the Chiefs’ first official injury report of the week:

Chiefs

Player Ps Injury Thu Fri Sat Status
Chris Jones DT Pers-Groin-Wrist DNP - - -
Khalen Saunders DT Knee DNP - - -
Anthony Hitchens LB Tricep DNP - - -
Michael Burton FB Pectoral LP - - -
Trey Smith OL Ankle FP - - -
Joe Thuney OL Hand FP - - -
Travis Kelce TE Neck FP - - -
Darrel Williams RB Hamstring FP - - -
L'Jarius Sneed CB Wrist FP - - -

Giants

Player Ps Injury Thu Fri Sat Status
Saquon Barkley RB Ankle DNP
Kenny Golladay WR Knee DNP
Kadarius Toney WR Ankle DNP
Lorenzo Carter LB Ankle DNP
Nate Ebner DB Ankle DNP
Evan Engram TE Calf LP
Kaden Smith TE Knee LP
Sterling Shepard WR Hamstring LP
Danny Shelton DL Pec LP

Some notes

  • As head coach Andy Reid reported earlier in the day, three Chiefs did not practice to start the week — linebacker Anthony Hitchens, defensive lineman Chris Jones (groin/wrist), linebacker and defensive tackle Khalen Saunders (knee) — though it is unclear what Jones status would have been had he not been excused from practice due to personal reasons. Reid said that he expects Jones back to the team on Friday evening (More info on their availability here).
  • Fullback Michael Burton (pec) returned to the practice field after missing the last game. He was limited.
  • It should be refreshing for Chiefs fans to not see wide receiver Tyreek Hill receiving injury treatment, which has been the case in five out of seven game lead-ups this year. With the added buffer day, Hill should be especially fresh for the Monday night game.
  • The Giants’ side is a little murkier, with five players not practicing to start the week, including key skill-position players in running back Saquon Barkley (ankle) and wide receivers Kenny Golladay (knee) and Kadarius Toney (ankle).
  • However, Giants head coach Joe Judge reportedly expressed optimism all three could practice on Friday. Barkley, who is one of the best running backs in the NFL, has not played since injuring his ankle during a Week 5 game against the Dallas Cowboys.