Niemann was listed as a full participant on Wednesday's practice report. After missing Week 17's game against the Chargers, Niemann has had time to recover and is making progress in his hamstring injury. The inside linebacker hopefully should be ready to return for Sunday's AFC divisional-round game against the Browns.
Niemann (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Chargers, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports. Niemann suffered a hamstring injury during last week's win over the Falcons. It would've been tough to return in Week 17 under normal circumstances, and there's no reason to rush him back with the top spot in the AFC locked up. Darius Harris likely will bump into a starting role in the season finale.
Niemann tallied two tackles (both solo), including his first career sack Monday versus the Ravens. Niemann continues to rotate in among a deep group of linebackers for the Chiefs, playing 43 percent of the snaps in Monday's contest. While it produced his first career sack, Niemann also saw a downturn in defensive snap percentage and just two tackles after racking up nine a week ago. He doesn't see the field enough at the moment to warrant IDP consideration in most formats.
Niemann amassed 56 tackles (35 solo) and one pass breakup while appearing in all 16 of the Chiefs' regular-season games in 2019. While many teams are utilizing linebacker-heavy packages less often these days in the pass-driven NFL, Niemann logged north of 400 defensive snaps thanks in part to starter Anthony Hitchens missing a pair of games in the middle of the season. Niemann should serve in a similar reserve role in 2020, but he could see his playing time increase if one or more starting linebackers misses time.
Niemann (hamstring) is doubtful to play in Sunday's game against the 49ers, Brooke Pryor of The Kansas City Star reports. Niemann appeared in line to play this weekend after logging a full practice Thursday. However, the linebacker may have suffered a setback, as Niemann was subsequently a limited practice participant on Friday. Unless his health takes a quick turnaround before gametime, Kansas City may have to look elsewhere for help on special teams.
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