Chiefs injury update: Jo Jo Smith-Schuster, Marques Valdes-Scantling and Mikul Hardman


The Kansas City Chiefs Began to prepare for Los Angeles Chargers Wednesday as they deal with several injuries, coach Andy Reid announced during the first press conference of the week.


Reed said wide receiver Mikul Hardman will miss his fourth consecutive practice due to an abdominal ailment — but added that Hardman is getting better. Wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and cornerback Chris Lammons are in league concussion protocol after suffering head injuries during Sunday 27-17 Win against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Wide receiver Marquis Valdes-Scantling has also been suspended from practice because he is ill.

There has been a league-wide concern regarding the situation of Smith-Schuster, who was hit hard helmet-to-helmet against the Jaguars — but as of Wednesday, Reid had no further information.

“You take it day in and day out,” Reed said. “We’re going to be careful with it. We’re not going to do anything you shouldn’t do based on what the data shows and how it feels.”

The lack of Hardman, Smith-Schuster and Valdes-Scantling means Wednesday’s practice will feature wide receivers for Justin Watson, newcomer Kadarius Toni and rookie Sky Moore.

“We’re good,” Reed said. “We have two more guys. You see [Marcus Kemp] A few weeks later – not this last match, but the Monday before it. We know he can do that. We’re fine there. “

Wide receivers Cornell Powell and Emyr Smith-Marsett are other practice squad options for the Chiefs.

We put men in positions [for] Quarterback Patrick Mahomes said which receivers he would work with Wednesday. “For me it’s about executing the attack: find the open man and get the ball out of my hands, and let those players play. We’ve seen over the years that these players can play in key moments, and so we’ll give them those opportunities as well as some of the younger guys. Then hopefully That we can bring some players back later in the week – and if not, we’d be willing to go with whoever’s there.”

Of the healthy trio on the 53-man roster—Watson, Tony, and Moore—Watson played the most, getting in 24.2% of the club’s offensive games in 2022. Watson made seven catches for 113 yards and two touchdowns.

“He’s done a lot of great things in big parts of the games,” Mahomes said of Watson. “He did a great job blocking. In that last game, whenever we had some guys out there, he’d kind of say to the guys, ‘Hey, you go into that position—you take the JuJu role, you take the Marquez role.'” He knows every position in the game. Football field, and he just wants to get out there and hit it. Having guys like that in the whole reception room now, I think we’ll be okay with just getting out there and doing the offense.”

After right tackle Andrew Wylie suffered an elbow injury in the last game and is already back in training, according to Reed.

“They prepped for it — he has a brace,” Reid said. “It feels good.”

Offensive line Lucas Niang He was also on the field for the final practice week of his 21-day window. Defensive end Frank Clark is back on the field after serving a two-match suspension.

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