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Chiefs list 5 players out of practice as they turn their attention to Bengals

Kansas City has a number of ailments worth monitoring this week.

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The Kansas City Chiefs said that five players would not practice on Wednesday, as the team turned its attention to the Cincinnati Bengals.

Head coach Andy Reid revealed that running back Isiah Pacheco, cornerback L’Jarius Sneed, left tackle Donovan Smith, wide receiver Kadarius Toney and cornerback Jaylen Watson would be out of the mix.

Pacheco is still in concussion protocol — and since the game is being played on a short week, it’s possible he will miss Sunday’s matchup. If that’s the case, backup running back Clyde Edwards-Helarie would be in line to make his third start in four games. Edwards-Helaire started Weeks 14 and 15 while Pacheco was ruled out due to shoulder surgery.

It could be argued that Sneed is the Chiefs’ most important defensive player, so his calf strain will be worth monitoring as the week plays out. Watson’s status becomes even more significant if Sneed remains out of practice on Thursday and beyond. Trent McDuffie and Joshua Williams would be in line to start at cornerback if Sneed and Watson are sidelined.

Smith, who has been dealing with a stinger, tried to practice on Wednesday of last week before missing the rest of the week — so at this point, it’s unlikely he will play against Cincinnati. Rookie Wanya Morris is trending to make his fourth straight start at left tackle. Wide receiver Kadarius Toney has missed four straight practices.

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