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  • Chiefs' Frank Clark: Ramps up to full speed Thursday

    Clark (groin) was listed as a full participant in Thursday's practice, per the team's official site. Clark opened AFC divisional-round prep with two straight limited sessions as a result of the groin strain he picked up during Kansas City's regular-season finale versus Las Vegas, but his ability to practice without limitations Thursday now puts him on track to command his usual starting spot at defensive end against the Jaguars on Saturday.
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  • Chiefs' Frank Clark: Still dealing with injury

    Clark (groin) was a limited participant in practice Tuesday, James Palmer of NFL Network reports. Clark suffered a groin strain in the team's regular-season finale against the Raiders. He wasn't expected to miss any time after the team's bye week, so his limited participation is of some concern. However, with three days left before the team plays the Jaguars in the divisional round, Clark still has time to be ready to play Saturday.
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  • Chiefs' George Karlaftis: Rounds into form late in 2022

    Karlaftis compiled 33 tackles (18 solo), six sacks and seven passes defensed during the regular season of rookie campaign in 2022. Karlaftis took some time to round into form as a pass rusher, compiling just half a sack over the first 10 games. However, once he found his form, he never looked back. Karlaftis finished the regular season on a tear, recording 5.5 sacks over the final seven games to give the Chiefs a pass-rush threat on both sides of the defensive line opposite Frank Clark and in the middle with star defensive tackle Chris Jones. Karlaftis may go a bit under the radar entering 2023, given his overall sack total, but his strong close to the regular season could make him worth a look as a defensive line IDP in some formats next season.
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  • Chiefs' Juan Thornhill: Career-high output in 2022

    Thornhill registered a career-best 71 tackles (43 solo), three interceptions and a sack over 16 games during the 2022 regular season. Aside from a slight downturn in his second season, Thornhill has churned out consistent campaigns on the back end of Kansas City's defense throughout his rookie contract. However, he's scheduled to hit free agency this offseason, so the Chiefs' brass will need to decide whether they want to keep him in town or allow him to explore free agency. The Chiefs have some wiggle room from a cap standpoint and not a ton of starters set to hit free agency this season, so the team could make a run at extending Thornhill.
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  • Chiefs' Justin Reid: Bounces back in first year with KC

    Reid tallied 83 tackles (59 solo), a sack and seven passes defended over 17 games during the 2022 regular season. Reid played every game for the first time since his rookie campaign back in 2018 and produced at a reasonable rate, albeit with inconsistent weekly results in the tackles department. While not flashy, Reid has proven to be capable in coverage and a solid tackler through his first five seasons. He's under wraps with Kansas City for the next two seasons, though that could depend on how Reid performs in 2023.
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  • Chiefs' Chris Jones: Lives up to hype in 2022

    Jones posted 44 tackles (30 solo) and 15.5 sacks, adding two forced fumbles and a recovery over 17 games during the 2022 regular season. Jones matched a career-best mark with 15.5 sacks in 2022 and notched a career-high 44 tackles to boot, though the recent addition of an extra regular-season game didn't hurt. Jones stayed on the field for every game for the first time since 2018 and produced enough for the Chiefs to look into an extension with the seventh-year defensive tackle, who will enter 2023 on the final year of his four-year deal.
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  • Chiefs' Willie Gay: Posts career-best campaign in 2022

    Gay racked up five tackles in the 31-13 win over the Raiders in Week 18. Gay only played 56 percent of the defensive snaps in the regular-season finale, his lowest total since Week 7, likely as a precautionary measure with the playoffs looming and the Chiefs leading comfortably in the contest. In addition to a career-high 88 tackles (51 solo) in 2022, Gay compiled career-best outputs of 2.5 sacks and eight passes defended, adding a pick-six in Week 14 in Denver. He's an explosive athlete who was viewed as raw coming out of the draft but has seemingly come into his own three years into his career. Gay remains under contract with Kansas City through the 2023 campaign, at which point the Chiefs will have some decisions to make, with several contributing players at or near the end of their respective rookie deals.
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  • Chiefs' L'Jarius Sneed: Triple-digit tackles in 2022

    Sneed compiled three tackles (two solo) in the 31-13 win over the Raiders in Week 18. Sneed's production waned over the final two weeks of the regular season, as he tallied just three tackles in each of those games after posting at least five in every game prior, but he still topped 100 total tackles for the season, boasting plenty of fantasy value for managers who picked him up. Sneed also matched a career-best mark with three interceptions and posted career-high totals for 3.5 sacks and fumbles forced (three). The fourth-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft has one season remaining on his rookie deal before he's bound for a sizable pay bump.
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  • Chiefs' Nick Bolton: Finishes NFL runner-up in tackles

    Bolton compiled 16 tackles (eight solo) in the 31-13 win over the Raiders in Week 18. Bolton couldn't quite catch Foye Oluokun (184 total tackles) to lead the league in tackles, but his 180 on the year were good enough for him to finish second ahead of Roquan Smith (169). Bolton has tallied triple-digit tackles in each of his first two campaigns but added to his repertoire in 2022, notching a pair of sacks and a pair of interceptions. The 2021 second-round pick has lived up to his draft status and more through the two seasons, and could man the middle of the defense in Kansas City for years to come. At the very least, Bolton remains on his rookie deal for two more seasons, though the Chiefs will likely look to extend him before that expires.
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  • Chiefs' Frank Clark: Has minor groin strain

    Clark has a groin strain that coach Andy Reid described as minor, Nate Taylor of The Ahtletic reports. Reid didn't seem overly concerned over the injury Clark suffered in Week 18 against the Raiders, clarifying that Clark "should be able to return after a little bit of rest." The Chiefs will get exactly that, as they have a bye into the divisional round as the No. 1 seed in the AFC. Clark was a key member of Kansas City's pass rush in the regular season, racking up five sacks in 15 games.
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  • Chiefs' Frank Clark: Won't return versus Las Vegas

    Clark has been ruled out for the remainder of Saturday's game against the Raiders with a groin injury, Matt Derrick of ChiefsDigest.com reports. Clark logged one tackle before being ruled out during the third quarter. While the nature and severity of this issue are still unclear, it seems the Chiefs don't want to take any risks while currently up 24-6 over Las Vegas. It will be worth monitoring Clark's status during practice for additional clarity on his availability heading into the playoffs. In the short term, expect Carlos Dunlap and Mike Danna to see increased reps across from starting defensive end George Karlaftis in Saturday's regular-season finale.
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  • Chiefs' L'Jarius Sneed: Active Week 18

    Sneed (hip) will play in Saturday's game against the Raiders. No surprise here, as coach Andy Reid had previously indicated he expected Sneed to suit up for the contest. Look for the third-year cornerback to take on his usual starting role opposite Trent McDuffie.
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  • Chiefs' L'Jarius Sneed: Expected to play Week 18

    Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Thursday that he expects Sneed (hip) to suit up for Saturday's regular-season finale against the Raiders, Charles Goldman of USA Today reports. Sneed picked up a hip injury during Sunday's win over Denver. The third-year cornerback was then considered day-to-day to open Week 18 prep and sat out the Chiefs' practice Tuesday. However, he did log back-to-back limited sessions Wednesday and Thursday, so it appears he'll have a good chance to continue playing every defensive snap versus Las Vegas. Otherwise, Joshua Williams and Jaylen Watson could both be in line for increased roles opposite Trent McDuffie on Saturday.
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  • Chiefs' Trent McDuffie: Notches strip-sack in tight win

    McDuffie recorded seven tackles (four solo), including one sack with a forced fumble, during Sunday's 27-24 victory versus the Broncos. McDuffie posted the first sack of his career at a key time for the Chiefs, as he forced a fumble while hitting Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson from behind on a slot blitz late in the second quarter. This set up the Chiefs' offense to quickly move down into field-goal range, though this 51-yard attempt was ultimately blocked. This game also matched McDuffie's career high for tackles in a game, and he now has 37 over 10 games this season.
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  • Chiefs' Willie Gay: Puts up seven stops Week 17

    Gay recorded seven tackles (five solo) during Sunday's 27-24 win over the Broncos. Gay tied with cornerbacks Trent McDuffie and Jaylen Watson for the Chiefs' second most tackles behind fellow linebacker Nick Bolton (10) in Week 17. The 24-year-old Gay has now recorded a recorded a career-high 83 tackles over 12 games this season, and he'll look to continue playing a rotational role Week 18 against the Raiders.
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  • Chiefs' Nick Bolton: Double-digit stops in win

    Bolton recorded 10 tackles (four solo) and a pass defended in Sunday's 27-24 win versus Denver. Bolton logged his ninth double-digit tackle outing of the season. His 165 tackles this season only rank behind Jaguars linebacker Foye Oluokun (171) in the NFL this season. Bolton should have a chance to finish as the league's leading tackler if he can post another prolific performance Week 18 against Las Vegas.
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  • Chiefs' L'Jarius Sneed: Logs DNP

    Sneed (hip) was listed as a non-participant in Tuesday's practice report. Sneed suffered the injury in Sunday's win over the Broncos, and despite his ability to return to play, he was considered day-to-day to open the week Monday. His practice status in the days ahead will be worth monitoring, especially with the Chiefs having one less day to prepare, as they play the Raiders on Saturday.
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  • Chiefs' L'Jarius Sneed: Suffers minor injury Sunday

    Sneed suffered a hip pointer in Sunday's win over the Broncos and is considered day-to-day, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Sneed left the contest with the injury, but he was ultimately able to return and finish the game. However, it appears that he's still feeling the effects of the injury, and he may be held out or limited early in the week during practice. Either way, he'll work to be ready to play Saturday against the Raiders.
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  • Chiefs' L'Jarius Sneed: Returns Sunday

    Sneed (hip) returned to Sunday's 27-24 win against the Broncos, Nate Taylor of The Athletic reports. Sneed had left the game after suffering a hip injury while returning an interception. His ability to return before the game ended was certainly good news for the Chiefs, not only for Week 17 but for Week 18 as well, when the Chiefs face the Raiders.
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  • Chiefs' L'Jarius Sneed: Suffers injury Sunday

    Sneed has exited Sunday's game against the Broncos with a hip injury. Sneed suffered the injury while returning an interception and walked off the field holding his hip. Any kind of long term absence would certainly be a blow to the Chiefs' secondary. In his absence, Joshua Williams and Jaylen Watson are likely candidates to see an uptick in work.
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