Player News - Chiefs

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Jeremy Maclin (groin) got in a limited practice Monday.

Indications earlier Monday suggested Maclin will return to the lineup Thursday night against the Raiders. While he's nothing more than a WR4, Maclin also figures to affect the production of Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill.
Dec 5 - 8:09 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Chiefs are "optimistic" Jeremy Maclin (groin) will return from his four-game absence on Thursday Night Football.

Speaking Monday, coach Andy Reid claimed ignorance on Maclin's status, but this is a pretty strong indication he will finally return. Travis Kelce has emerged as the Chiefs' No. 1 receiver in Maclin's absence, and been a much more dangerous weapon than Maclin was before going down. Maclin's return could still curb Kelce's upside, but we wouldn't consider Maclin more than a WR4 against the Raiders.
Dec 5 - 2:21 PM

Speaking Monday, Chiefs coach Andy Reid said "I don't know" when asked about Jeremy Maclin's (groin) Week 14 availability.

"He's making improvement," was Reid's unhelpful addendum. Despite getting in three limited practices, Maclin didn't seem particularly close to returning on Sunday. There's a pretty strong chance he won't suddenly be cleared in three days time for Thursday Night Football. Even if Maclin does play, his usual complement of snaps is unlikely. Struggling even before he was injured, Maclin has faded to WR4 status.
Dec 5 - 1:21 PM

Tyreek Hill played 25-of-49 (51%) snaps Week 13 against the Falcons.

It was a step back after he played 67 percent of the snaps the previous two weeks, but game-flow likely played a role. Even so, it is a reminder Hill is still something of a part-time player, albeit one who is fed targets when on the field and can house it at any time. Despite the limited snaps, Hill will be a solid option this week against Oakland even if Jeremy Maclin returns.
Dec 5 - 8:17 AM

Charcandrick West touched the ball once in Kansas City's Week 13 win over the Falcons.

He was held without a gain on his lone rush. One week after cutting into Spencer Ware's snaps, Pro Football Focus charted Ware as being on the field for 37 plays to West's 12. West has no standalone value.
Dec 4 - 6:19 PM

Tyreek Hill caught 5-of-6 targets for 53 yards in the Chiefs' Week 13 win over the Falcons, adding two carries for 19 yards.

Hill has now cleared 50 yards receiving in four straight games, and 5-of-6. A gadget player, Hill comes with a low weekly floor, but is capable of providing monster efforts on only a handful of touches. The Raiders are not an imposing Week 14 matchup.
Dec 4 - 6:04 PM

Spencer Ware rushed 14 times for 29 yards and a touchdown in the Chiefs' Week 13 win over the Falcons, adding three receptions for 23 additional yards and another score.

Ware could have had a much bigger day, but Alex Smith flat missed him on a gimme 61-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. It was an odd afternoon, with Ware's scores masking an otherwise extremely pedestrian day. Ware is averaging just 48 yards rushing over his past five games, totaling a modest 110 receiving yards in the process. His workloads remain voluminous, but he'll be a bottom-end RB1 against the Raiders in Week 14.
Dec 4 - 4:42 PM

Travis Kelce caught 8-of-8 targets for 140 yards in the Chiefs' Week 13 win over the Falcons.

The team leader in every receiving category, Kelce continually ripped the Falcons down the middle of the field. The 100-yard effort was his third in a row, while the 140 yards were a new career high. Kelce has been good since 2014, but he's been becoming great in the absence of Jeremy Maclin. Even with Maclin finally nearing a return from his groin injury, it's hard to see Kelce slowing down. He'll be an elite TE1 for the fantasy playoffs. The Raiders are an attackable Week 14 matchup.
Dec 4 - 4:39 PM

Alex Smith completed 21-of-25 passes for 270 yards and a touchdown in the Chiefs' 29-28, Week 13 win over the Falcons.

Smith also lost a fumble. It was a crisp game from a player who has been very up and down in 2016, though Smith did leave a 61-yard touchdown on the field. He had Spencer Ware wide open and flat missed him. Otherwise, Smith worked his connection with Travis Kelce, finding him eight times for 140 yards. Smith will have low-end QB2 appeal against the Raiders in Week 14.
Dec 4 - 4:35 PM

Chiefs RCB Phillip Gaines is inactive for Week 13 against the Falcons.

You could argue it's an upgrade for the Chiefs and downgrade for Julio Jones, though maybe now Andy Reid will get frisky and shadow Jones with No. 1 CB Marcus Peters. That has not been Reid's M.O.
Dec 4 - 11:40 AM

Chiefs OLB Dee Ford (hamstring) is active for Week 13 against the Falcons.

As are Justin Houston and Dontari Poe. Ford missed last week's overtime win over the Broncos. Ford has 10 sacks, and will give the Chiefs a big boost in a tough matchup in the Georgia Dome. Inactive for the Chiefs are WR Jeremy Maclin, QB Tyler Bray, CB Phillip Gaines, RB Knile Davis, OL Michael Person, LB Dadi Nicolas and TE Ross Travis.
Dec 4 - 11:28 AM

Chiefs RCB Phillip Gaines was added to the injury report as questionable with a knee injury Saturday.

The late-addition suggests he suffered the injury in practice Friday. It would actually be better for Julio Jones if Gaines is able to suit up after he was repeatedly burned by Emmanuel Sanders last week.
Dec 3 - 11:50 AM

Jeremy Maclin (groin) was downgraded to out for Week 13 against the Falcons.

Maclin appeared on track to return after practicing on a limited basis all week and being listed as questionable on Friday. He was clearly not ready to go coming out of a long injury layoff, however, and did not even make the trip to Atlanta. With Maclin out, Tyreek Hill should once again serve as the No. 1 receiver in a great matchup. He is a WR3 with a ton of upside.
Dec 3 - 11:35 AM

Chiefs CB Steven Nelson has been removed from the Week 13 injury report.

Nelson is ready to return after getting in a full week of practice. The Chiefs will have both Nelson and Marcus Peters for the first time since Week 10.
Dec 2 - 5:35 PM

Jeremy Maclin (groin) is questionable for Week 13 against the Falcons.

Maclin put in a limited week of practice and should be good to go after sitting out the last three games with a groin injury. His return puts a damper on Tyreek Hill, who absolutely crushed it during Maclin's absence. Maclin was struggling before his injury and won't be anything more than a back-end WR3 this week.
Dec 2 - 3:17 PM


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