The Kansas City Chiefs have released their list of inactive players for Sunday’s AFC Championship game against the Cincinnati Bengals. As expected, tight end Travis Kelce (back) will dress for the game. So will wide receiver Mecole Hardman (pelvis) and tight end Jody Fortson (elbow). But wide receiver Justin Watson (illness) and will not dress.
Here are our inactives for the AFC Championship:— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) January 29, 2023
QB Shane Buechele
DE Joshua Kaindoh
T Darian Kinnard
TE Blake Bell
WR Ihmir Smith-Marsette
WR Justin Watson
DE Malik Herring
Kelce, Watson and Hardman were all listed as questionable on Friday’s final injury report. Fortson didn’t appear on the final report because he was still on the team’s Reserve/Injured (injured reserve) list. The team activated him to the 53-man roster on Saturday.
With Fortson active, tight end Blake Bell will not play.
Also on Saturday, Kansas City elevated practice squad wide receivers Marcus Kemp and Ihmir Smith-Marsette to the roster. As elevated players, they will automatically be returned to the team’s practice squad after the game. Kemp is active for the contest, but Smith-Marsette will not dress.
The Bengals have also released their list of inactives. As we expected, guard Alex Cappa (ankle) and tackle Jonah Williams (knee) will sit this one out.
#Bengals inactives:— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) January 29, 2023
QB Jake Browning
RB Chris Evans
CB Jalen Davis
OL Alex Cappa (ankle)
OL Jonah Wiliams (knee)
DE Jeff Gunter
DT Jay Tufele
Bengals deactivate Jalen Davis, so Dax Hill slides in as backup slot. Tre Flowers active and probably reprise Kelce coverage role.
Both Cappa and Williams had been declared out on the week’s final injury report. Cincinnati did not list any players as questionable for Sunday’s matchup.
Cincinnati has elevated quarterback Jake Browning and tackle Isaiah Prince for the game. Browning will not dress, but Prince will be available to play.