Chiefs news for 1 January 2020
First injury report for Chiefs vs. Ravens, Week 3 | ChiefsWire
|DE Alex Okafor||Hamstring||DNP|
|WR Sammy Watkins||Head/Neck||DNP|
|CB Charvarius Ward||Hand||LP|
|RB Darrel Williams||Ankle||LP|
|C Austin Reiter||Knee||FP|
|DE Frank Clark||Illness||FP|
|DT Derrick Nnadi||Ankle||FP|
|DB Juan Thornhill||Knee||FP|
|CB Antonio Hamilton||Groin||FP|
|DE Calais Campbell||NIR||DNP|
|CB Tavon Young||Knee||DNP|
|DB Anthony Levine||Abdomen||LP|
|DT Justin Madubuike||Knee||LP|
|WR Chris Moore||Finger||LP|
|RB Justice Hill||Thigh||FP|
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins is in the NFL’s concussion protocol and his status for Monday night’s game against the Baltimore Ravens was unclear. Watkins was not scheduled to practice on Thursday as the Chiefs began preparations for the Ravens. “It’s more neck right now than the other part,” coach Andy Reid said. “He’s working through it.” Watkins was knocked out of last Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers after catching a pass and being hit in the head by linebacker Denzel Perryman, who was not penalized. Reid after the game called the hit “very questionable.” “We’re not supposed to have those [hits] in our game,” Reid said.
Charvarius Ward Returns to Chiefs Practice | SI.com
Ward cannot return soon enough for the Chiefs, as they are still without fellow starting corner Bashaud Breeland due to a four-game suspension, and defensive back Antonio Hamilton left Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers with a groin injury, though Reid didn’t mention Hamilton among the players who would be held out of Thursday’s practice. Ahead of Monday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens, the Chiefs could certainly use Ward’s return to bolster a defense that gave up 311 yards and 9.4 yards per attempt to rookie QB Justin Herbert in his NFL debut.
[Consensus: Kansas City +3.5] “The biggest matchup of the season so far pits the NFL’s two best teams against one another with the Kansas City Chiefs getting a nod by all but two of B/R’s voters for one simple reason,” Sobleski said in summarizing our final pick of the week. “The Baltimore Ravens are laying 3.5 points against the reigning Super Bowl champs.”
“Baltimore may be the better team right now, but there’s no reason whatsoever to bet against Patrick Mahomes and Co. when they’ve shown time and again they can score with anyone and come back from any deficit.”
Chiefs Kingdom hasn’t really seen a legitimate ballhawk since Marcus Peters’ time in Kansas City. Peters had a knack for pulling down an interception at just the right time and hopefully, Sneed brings that ability back to the Chiefs’ defense. With the Chiefs defense off to a seemingly sluggish start, creating those turnovers is a must.
The Chiefs are fortunate that Sneed is off to such a hot start. With Breeland halfway through his four-game suspension, the injury to Ward, and now a groin injury to Antonio Hamilton this past Sunday, Kansas City’s need at the position becomes even greater.
“Playing in a stadium with no fans is like the weirdest thing ever,” Hill said following the Week 2 win over the Chargers. “It almost felt like a scrimmage, and it felt weird for me at first. That’s why in the first quarter I didn’t feel like myself. . . . I feed off the crowd that’s what I do.”
“I’ve been doing this for a couple of years now and you get out there and you can hear every penny drop there,” Reid said. “Every little sound is magnified. But, when you really get into it, you’re like focused in, you put yourself in a bit of a tunnel. You’re looking at the clocks, whether it’s the play clock or whatever and the field. Once it gets going it’s OK. It’s just that initial — coming out in a brand new stadium with nobody in it — that’s a little different.”
“I remember when he first started throwing the damn no-look pass at practice and he’s been doing it since he was a rookie,” Peters said. “So, the dude is amazing.”
“It’s the passion and how he competes,” Mahomes said of Peters in 2018. “He’s a really talented player, but he goes out there every single day and he competes, and he loves this game.”
“He’s a Super Bowl champ, he’s an MVP of this league,” Peters told reporters Thursday. “He’s a hell of a player, man, and a guy like that, you’ve gotta respect his game.”