First, the bad news for the Chiefs: The defensive lineman’s room has broken due to illness. Defenders Mike Dana, Chris Jones and Kayl Saunders stopped practicing on Tuesday. Jones went down with something last weekend but still played in the Week 15 game against the Houston Texans.
It also looks like tight end Jodi Fortson will be out for a while.
“Judy Fortson…elbow [subluxated]Reed said, “So he’s not going to practice [Tuesday] – and he’ll fight to get into the match as we go forward. Tough kid, but he banged in there really well.”
And that led to the good news regarding Kansas City injury updates: Blake Bell’s court end He is set to return from injured reserveOpens a 21-day window during which the Chiefs can activate Bell to the 53-man roster.
With TE Jody Fortson sidelined, it looks like the Chiefs have already set TE Blake Bell (#81) back from IR. WRs Kadarius Toney and Mecole Hardman were also spotted during a brief media look. pic.twitter.com/dxlJ0MQPEK
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Bell He was recovering all year from a hip injury he suffered during the preseason. The injury required corrective surgery. Reid added good news when it comes to wide receiver Mikul Hardman.
“There is a good chance [Hardman will be activated]Reed said. He will train with the guys [Tuesday] And see if we can’t get him in there for a bit.”
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes is keen to get Hardman back in the lineup. The wide receiver — who remains on injured reserve — has missed the past six games due to abdominal issues.
“He was ready to go, man,” Mahomes said of Hardman. “He’s been trying to get back as quickly as possible. He still has that great energy that he has in the locker room, and we’ll get him in there, hopefully, if it goes well this week and let him get back into the role he was in. But we’ve got a lot of Guys who will move in and out.”
With the return of Kadarius Toney last week, the return of Hardman means there will be an abundance of weapons available to attack Reid and the Chiefs. It also means more mouths to feed, and that seems to be being addressed in boardrooms as Kansas City enters its final stretch.
“[Hardman and Toney are] “Both the good players and the other players are also playing well,” Reid said. “It’s great to see Skyy [Moore] And what did he do now and [Marquez Valdes-Scantling] and gogo [Smith-Schuster]We’ve seen it before, when they’re on other teams, but they’re playing well, and… [Justin] Watson does a good job of — I mean, who would have thought of that at the start of this thing? But we welcome them back in whatever role we can put them all in, we sure will.”
Coach Reed [has] Let these guys know that everyone is going to get a chance to play and go out there and put their mark on the game,” Mahomes added. “I think everyone is excited about that.”
Not to be forgotten, Reid also gave an update on the Clyde Edwards-Hellier reboot, which He has been on injured reserve since mid-November due to a sprained ankle.
“He’s getting close. He’s not there yet, but he’s getting close. He’s working on his tail, but we’ll see. He won’t be there this week.”