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  • Chiefs' L'Jarius Sneed: Takes encouraging step Thursday

    Sneed (concussion) was listed as a non-participant on Thursday's practice estimate. Sneed has now been listed as a non-participant in back-to-back days due to the concussion he suffered during last Sunday's AFC Championship Game versus the Bengals. However, it's been reported that the third-year cornerback was on the field for stretching and conditioning Thursday, which would ultimately put him in the next stage of the concussion protocol, per Matt Derrick of ChiefsDigest.com. Sneed will have over nine more days to clear the league's five-step concussion protocol before Kansas City squares off against the Eagles in the Super Bowl.
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  • Chiefs' Willie Gay: Listed as limited

    Gay (shoulder) was listed as a limited participant on Wednesday's estimated injury report. Gay suffered a shoulder injury in the third quarter of the Chiefs' AFC Championship Game win over Cincinnati on Sunday and didn't return. While it's encouraging to see him estimated as a partial participant in the Chiefs' first practice report for Super Bowl prep, he looks like he still has some work to do before he's officially cleared for the Feb. 12 matchup with the Eagles.
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  • Chiefs' L'Jarius Sneed: Estimated as non-participant

    Sneed (concussion) was listed as a non-participant Wednesday on the Chiefs' estimated injury report. Sneed suffered a concussion during the first quarter of the Chiefs' AFC Championship Game win over the Bengals on Sunday and was replaced by rookie cornerback Joshua Williams, who recorded his second career interception on a pass intended for Tee Higgins in the fourth quarter. The Chiefs' Super Bowl matchup with the Eagles will be played Feb. 12, so Sneed still has over 10 days to clear the NFL's five-step concussion protocol. It wouldn't be surprising to see the third-year defensive back sidelined for the rest of this week, but if he continues to miss practice time next week, his status for the Super Bowl could be in serious jeopardy.
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  • Chiefs' Willie Gay: Questionable to return

    Gay is questionable to return to Sunday's AFC Championship Game against Cincinnati due to a shoulder injury. Gay was banged up in the third quarter of Sunday's matchup, and it's unclear whether he'll be available down the stretch. Darius Harris and Leo Chenal are candidates to see increased playing time if Gay is unable to return.
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  • Chiefs' L'Jarius Sneed: Won't return Sunday

    Sneed (concussion) won't return to Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Bengals. Sneed exited Sunday's matchup in the first quarter and went to the locker room shortly after. He was diagnosed with a concussion, so he'll be unable to return to the matchup. If Kansas City advances, it's unclear whether Sneed will be available for Super Bowl LVII on Sunday, Feb. 12.
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  • Chiefs' L'Jarius Sneed: Being evaluated for concussion

    Sneed is being evaluated for a concussion after exiting Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Bengals in the first quarter. Sneed was shaken up on the first possession of Sunday's game and headed to the locker room shortly after leaving the field. If Sneed is unable to return, Joshua Williams and Jaylen Watson are candidates to see increased playing time at cornerback.
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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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