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Chiefs vs. Broncos Thursday injury report: Lucas Niang sits out once again

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

NFL: Kansas City Chiefs Training Camp Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

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’ second official injury report of the week:

Chiefs

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

Broncos

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

Some notes

  • As expected, both wide receivers, Mecole Hardman and Tyreek Hill (non-injury-related), returned to practice on Thursday and are thus off the injury report.
  • Cornerback Rashad Fenton (knee) was still out of practice, as was right tackle Lucas Niang (ribs) — which is bad for his game status, considering Niang was limited on Wednesday.
  • 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 on Wednesday, and three of those players returned to the field on Thursday. Running back Melvin Gordon (shoulder/hip) remained out of practice, and Gordon is reportedly a “50-50” call on whether he plays against the Chiefs Sunday night.
  • Dalton Risner (back) and defensive end Shelby Harris (ankle) were upgraded to limited participants after missing Wednesday. Guard Quinn Meinerz (knee) and right tackle Bobby Massie (ankle) remained limited. The Broncos reportedly have “hope” for a Massie return this week.
  • Starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (tibia) was upgraded to a full participant on Thursday after being limited on Wednesday.
  • Left tackle Garett Bolles (ankle) returned to the team from the COVID protocol on Thursday and he is being eased back in, as it was his first time back on the field since late October. The team is reportedly optimistic for a Kansas City return. It’s good timing for Denver, as his replacement, Calvin Anderson (ankle/knee) was placed on injured reserve on Thursday. Anderson is technically no longer on the injury report for Sunday night.

For Wednesday’s injury report, click here.