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Injury updates for Chiefs’ Jerick McKinnon, Nick Bolton and Mecole Hardman

We have more information on the injury status of three injured Kansas City players.

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As the Kansas City Chiefs prepare to play the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on the Week 13 edition of “Sunday Night Football,” there are injury questions about three Kansas City players: running back Jerick McKinnon, linebacker Nick Bolton and wide receiver Mecole Hardman.

When he met with reporters before Wednesday’s practice at the team facility, head coach Andy Reid volunteered that McKinnon (who missed Sunday’s 31-17 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders with a groin injury) would be held out of Wednesday’s practice.

Then Reid brought up Bolton, who was placed on the team’s Reserve/Injured (injured reserve) list on October 28 with a wrist injury.

“Nick Bolton will get some work today,” revealed Reid. “We’ll bring him along slowly — [and] see how he does.”

Under NFL rules, a player on Reserve/Injured must miss four games (not four weeks) before they can return to the roster. Sunday’s game in Las Vegas was, in fact, the fourth game for which Bolton was on the list.

Reid’s announcement means that when the league’s official transaction report is issued on Wednesday, Bolton will be listed as “designated for return” from Reserve/Injured. This opens a 21-day window in which he can practice with the team. At any time during this window, he can be activated to the roster — but if it ends without an activation, Bolton must remain on Reserve/Injured for the rest of the season.

Finally, we have an opportunity to give an update on Hardman, who was placed on IR on Saturday with a thumb injury. He has posted on X (formerly known as Twitter) that he has had a successful surgical procedure on his thumb.

Shortly afterward, he posted, “I’ll be back regular season, though.” The earliest game for which the wideout could be activated is the Christmas Day game against the Raiders — but it is more likely to be no sooner than the New Year’s Eve matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals.

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