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Chiefs vs. Broncos Wednesday injury report: Lucas Niang returns

This week, Kansas City plays Denver on Sunday Night Football.

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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 Denver Broncos on Sunday Night Football at 7:20 p.m. Arrowhead Time.

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

Chiefs

Player Ps Injury Wed Thu Fri Status
Tyreek Hill WR NIR-Pers DNP - - -
Mecole Hardman WR NIR-Other DNP - - -
Rashad Fenton CB Knee DNP - - -
Lucas Niang OL Ribs LP - - -
Kyle Long OL Knee FP - - -
Michael Burton FB Pectoral FP - - -
Dorian O'Daniel LB Shoulder FP - - -
Chris Lammons CB Hip FP - - -
L'Jarius Sneed CB Knee FP - - -

Broncos

Player Ps Injury Wed Thu Fri Status
Dalton Risner G Back DNP - - -
Calvin Anderson T Ankle/Knee DNP - - -
Eric Saubert TE Ankle DNP - - -
Melvin Gordon III RB Shoulder/Hip DNP - - -
Shelby Harris DE Ankle DNP - - -
Ronald Darby CB Illness DNP - - -
Bobby Massie T Ankle LP - - -
Quinn Meinerz OL Knee LP - - -
Tyrie Cleveland WR Hamstring LP - - -
Baron Browning ILB Back LP - - -
Bradley Chubb OLB Ankle LP - - -
Kareem Jackson S Neck LP - - -
Teddy Bridgewater QB Tibia FP - - -
Mike Purcell DL Thumb FP - - -
Caden Sterns S Shoulder FP - - -

Some notes

  • The initial Chiefs’ injury report for Broncos week went as expected, given the words of head coach Andy Reid in his press conference Wednesday afternoon.
  • The three Chiefs to miss practice to start the week were cornerback Rashad Fenton (knee) and wide receivers Mecole Hardman and Tyreek Hill (non-injury-related).
  • Right tackle Lucas Niang (ribs), returning to work for the first time in three weeks, was limited. Offensive lineman Kyle Long (knee) was a full participant but is still receiving treatment as he makes his return from injured reserve.
  • As a reminder, running back Jerick McKinnon (hamstring), offensive lineman Mike Remmers (knee) and defensive tackle Khalen Saunders (knee) do not appear on the injury report while they remain on injured reserve. Defensive end Josh Kaindoh (high ankle) is currently eligible to return to practice, so we will see if that happens in the near future.
  • The Broncos were without six players to start the week, and six players were limited. Running back Melvin Gordon (shoulder/hip), left guard Dalton Risner (back) and defensive end Shelby Harris (ankle) were among those players missing, but head coach Vic Fangio said he expected several of them back on Thursday.
  • Starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (tibia), guard Quinn Meinerz (knee) and right tackle Bobby Massie (ankle) — who has been out for a few games — were among those limited. The Broncos reportedly have “hope” for a Massie return this week.
  • Left tackle Garett Bolles does not appear on the injury report, as he has been in the COVID protocol since November 22. He is expected back with the team Thursday, though he has not played since Week 8 due to an ankle injury. The team is reportedly optimistic for a Kansas City return. It’s good timing for Denver, as his replacement, Calvin Anderson (ankle/knee) is expected to miss some time.
  • Given the number of players, the Broncos’ injury report will be one to watch as the week progresses.