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Chiefs vs. Bengals Thursday injury report: Tyrann Mathieu returns to practice

This week, it’s the AFC Championship game between Kansas City and Cincinnati at Arrowhead Stadium.

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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 Cincinnati Bengals for the AFC Championship at 2 p.m. Arrowhead Time on Sunday.

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

Chiefs

Player Ps Injury Wed Thu Fri Status
Darrel Williams RB Toe FP LP - -
Andrew Wylie OL Elbow FP FP - -
Clyde Edwards-Helaire RB Shoulder FP FP - -
Mecole Hardman WR Hip FP FP - -
Tyreek Hill WR Heel FP FP - -
Chris Jones DL Groin FP FP - -
Anthony Hitchens LB Back FP FP - -
Rashad Fenton CB Back FP FP - -
L'Jarius Sneed CB Knee FP FP - -
Charvarius Ward CB Neck FP FP - -
Tyrann Mathieu S Concussion DNP FP - -

Bengals

Player Ps Injury Wed Thu Fri Status
Cam Sample DE Groin DNP DNP - -
Stanley Morgan WR Hamstring LP LP - -
Josh Tupou DT Knee LP LP - -
Tee Higgins WR Thumb FP FP - -
Joe Burrow QB Knee FP FP - -
Keandre Jones LB Thumb FP FP - -

Some notes

  • Safety Tyrann Mathieu (concussion) made his return to the field on Thursday and was a full participant — though he remains in the concussion protocol, it’s a good sign that he is progressing toward playing in the AFC championship on Sunday. The same can be said for cornerback Rashad Fenton (back), who has missed the last two games but has now been a full practice participant for two days in a row.
  • As Mathieu and Fenton trended toward playing, it seems that the Chiefs felt the need to ease up on running back Darrel Williams (toe), who was limited Thursday after being a full participant on Wednesday. Williams’ practice status on Friday should be a good determinant in whether he plays on Sunday.
  • The Bengals’ report was unchanged from Wednesday.

For Wednesday’s injury report, click here.