The Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs square off in the AFC Championship Game this Sunday and questions about injuries are much larger for the defending Super Bowl champs. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes is in the concussion protocol and several other key players are dealing with injuries.
On Wednesday, the Chiefs had a light practice. The only player who didn’t practice at all was linebacker Willie Gay. Gay played three snaps in the season finale before suffering a high-ankle sprain. His status is very much in question for Sunday’s game as he hasn’t played or practiced since the regular season.
WR Sammy Watkins, CB Breshaud Breeland, RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, and CB Reshad Fenton were all limited participants in the light practice, while QB Patrick Mahomes was listed as a full participant. He remains in concussion protocol and has a toe injury. Because it was a light practice and quarterbacks never take hits during practice, we won’t know about Mahomes’s progression through the concussion protocol until he’s cleared.
For the Bills, wide receiver Gabriel Davis and defensive lineman Vernon Butler were the only players not practicing. Davis was injured early in the game against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, while we don’t know anything about Butler.
Limited in practice were WR Stefon Diggs and DT Quinton Jefferson. Diggs was limited in practice last week with an oblique injury and still had eight catches for 106 yards and a touchdown, so we aren’t worried. Jefferson has an ankle injury.
Most notably, WR Cole Beasley is no longer on the injury report. After gutting out a performance in the Wild Card round and then being held without a catch against the Baltimore Ravens, it appears he is no longer limited with a knee injury.