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Isiah Pacheco has most productive career game vs. Bengals in win

Pacheco rushed for more than 100 yards and had a touchdown through the air.

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The Kansas City Chiefs weren’t sure if they would have running back Isiah Pacheco available for their Week 17 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals at Arrowhead Stadium. Pacheco had suffered a concussion in the Chiefs’ Week 16 game last Monday, Christmas Day — and with the short week, his status seemed in doubt.

“Last week was a little bit different,” noted Pacheco. “It had me five days out, step by step, five steps. Saturday, I got cleared, it was the last step. I had one day of practice, which was Friday. It’s been a tough week for me, just installing, detailing my notes to make sure I’m ready to go on game day. Like I said, taking my time and locking in on notes — just leaned on my brothers and know that we need each other.”

Out of the protocol, Pacheco put together his most productive game as a pro. The running back had 18 carries for 130 yards, as well as seven catches for 35 yards and a touchdown through the air.

“Lot of energy,” said head coach Andy Reid, when the back was brought up at the press conference. “I look at Pacheco, I look at [L’Jarius] Sneed. These guys came off the bed to play and they did a heck of a job with it. Pacheco brought great energy. [He] ran hard, aggressive, wanted it more.”

Pacheco returned to the lineup last game after missing two games after midseason shoulder surgery. But he showed no sign of either injury — concussion or shoulder problem — throughout the contest.

“I’m feeling great,” said Pacheco. “Great training staff we have here. [I’m] thankful for them... Julie [Frymyer], [David Glover], everybody in there taking care of me, making sure I was able to go full speed, 100%. And two weeks, surgery, it’s a little bit difficult and you don’t expect to play two weeks out of surgery, but me, my story is a little bit different. Nothing was really too much major or serious, so I was able to compete.”

As he mentioned, Pacheco couldn’t practice Wednesday or Thursday but found a way to absorb the game plan.

“Throughout the whole week, I just felt the details,” he said. “Understanding the scheme, the job and knowing that coach [Reid] has a high expectation for us, so going out there, knowing what you’re doing at a high tempo, it would show for your game.”

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