The AFC Championship is almost here, and the Sunday morning injury report is out. Players like Patrick Mahomes and Sammy Watkins have updated status.
Going into this game, there were a ton of questions on whether or not the star quarterback would play. After a freak play against the Browns last week, Mahomes went into concussion protocol. However, as of Friday, he stated he was cleared and ready to go.
Having Patrick Mahomes on Sunday will boost the Chief’s odds to win significantly. While he is diagnosed with turf toe, Mahomes “Will be fine,” as Andy Reid stated. However, a player that has struggled with injuries all year may not play as he was expected to.
Sammy Watkins has only played ten games this season. The last one he did play in was against the Falcons in week 16. Watkins has been nursing a calf injury, and luckily they did not need him last week against Cleveland.
However, there is no optimism that he will play on Sunday. Watkins can help the Chiefs tremendously in this game against Buffalo. His route running and IQ on the field is often overshadowed. With players like Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill on the field, Watkins could potentially have a big game if he were to play.
As for Le’Veon Bell, he is expected to not play. Bell has been dealing with knee soreness and swelling. While he will not play, the Chiefs wont be short handed at the running back position.
Rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire is expected to play this Sunday. The newly acclimated running back has not played since week 15 against the Saints, the game in which he got hurt.
In week six against Buffalo, Clyde Edwards-Helaire had his career game. He rushed for 161 yards on 26 attempts in the sleet. With him back, the Chiefs become even more dangerous.
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