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Bills vs. Chiefs: Midweek injury trends

Buffalo is healthy — the Chiefs, not so much

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The Buffalo Bills will face the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, and they’ll be doing it with a pretty healthy team. This week’s midweek injury report shows that the Bills should be able to play whatever game plan they have chosen. Yes, there are still key players on the Injured Reserve list, but they’ve been there for nine weeks now and if coaches haven’t figured out a game plan using the pieces of the roster they have available by now, that’s a problem to be addressed elsewhere.

Here’s what we’re looking at heading into the final day of practice where we may — or may not — find out more about a couple of the names below.

Bills players trending up

  • QB Josh Allen (right shoulder)
  • DE Leonard Floyd (wrist)
  • CB Dane Jackson (concussion)
  • TE Dalton Kincaid (thumb)
  • S Taylor Rapp (neck)
  • EDGE Von Miller (vet rest)

As the pads came on, everyone continued to be a full participant in practice again today — including Von Miller who took his regularly scheduled vet rest day yesterday. There isn’t even much to discuss among the injuries listed here. Allen is most likely going to be on the list for the duration of the season as the training staff will make sure his shoulder stays loose over the next few weeks; Jackson cleared concussion protocol and barring anything new will probably disappear from the list next week; Rapp’s neck injury is three weeks now and will also likely be taken off of hear unless he needs additional pain management after playing Sunday. We really don’t know what happened with Floyd and Kincaid, but as their injuries haven’t limited them in practice, they, too, are likely just getting some extra taping and/or therapy to keep injuries from escalating. Nothing unusual for a long season. There is nothing indicating that any of the above will come out of tomorrow’s practice with any type of designation for Sunday.

Bills players holding steady

  • TE Dawson Knox (wrist)e
  • CB Kaiir Elam (ankle)

The only reason I have these two listed under this section is that they have not yet been elevated to the 53-man roster. Being full participants for two days of practice would normally put them a category up, but since they aren’t eligible to play until the Bills officially add them back to the roster, I’m going to keep them here until that happens.

But it should happen soon. Several videos of Dawson Knox catching passes in practice yesterday are available, and today, we got to see him going through blocking drills while in full pads. Seems like it might just be an issue of deciding who gets moved off the roster rather than who gets moved on at this point.

Bills on Injured Reserve

  • LB Matt Milano (leg)
  • DE DaQuan Jones (pectoral)
  • RB Damien Harris (neck)
  • CB Tre’Davious White (Achilles)
  • WR Justin Shorter (hamstring)
  • OL Tommy Doyle (ACL) - placed before season began and ineligible to return
  • TE Zach Davidson – practice squad

The Chiefs, who didn’t have the benefit of a bye last week and, in fact, are coming off of a loss to the Green Bay Packers, are quite a bit more banged up than the Bills.

Before anyone gets too worked up over Patrick Mahomes being on the injury list, the injury he’s dealing with hasn’t kept him from being a full participant in the Chiefs’ daily practices this week. Like Buffalo’s quarterback, at this point in the season, it’s not unrealistic to think that there are going to be bumps, bruises, and some soreness that needs attention throughout the week.

Chiefs players trending down

  • RB Isiah Pacheco (shoulder)
  • FS Bryan Cook (ankle)
  • OT Donovan Smith (neck)
  • LB Drue Tranquill (concussion)

None of the above have practiced this week, and it’s highly feasible to think that will continue. Tranquill could possibly advance through concussion protocol — Buffalo’s Taron Johnson did it in the amount of time left on more than one occasion. But other than that remote possibility, I would doubt that any of this group plays on Sunday. That’s a tough loss for the Chiefs who will have to try slowing down Josh Allen who’s shown up with a renewed sense of confidence and urgency over the past few weeks.

Chiefs players holding steady

  • LB Nick Bolton (wrist)

The only reason Bolton is listed here instead of under the trending up section is that like, Knox and Elam for Buffalo, he has yet to be elevated from the Injured Reserve. It is highly likely that the Chiefs bring him back before Sunday — especially if Tranquill can’t clear concussion protocol.

Chiefs players trending up

  • RB Jerick McKinnon (groin)
  • WR Rashee Rice (foot)
  • LB Darius Harris (wrist)
  • QB Patrick Mahomes (pectoral)
  • WR Skyy Moore (knee)
  • CB L’Jarius Sneed (knee)
  • WR Kadarius Toney (hip)

All of these players have been full participants both days this week with the exception of McKinnon who was limited on Wednesday but upgraded to a full participant today.