Chiefs’ Mecole Hardman has ‘a chance’ to return from IR in time for Week 15, Reid says

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Chiefs wide receiver Mecole Hardman is eligible to return from injured reserve after Week 14.

And it sounds like the Chiefs are optimistic Hardman could return in time for Week 15’s game against the Houston Texans.

“There’s a chance,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Wednesday. “We’ll give him a couple more days here. We’ll see. He’s doing well.”

Kansas City placed Hardman on injured reserve on Nov. 17 with an abdominal injury, meaning he had to spend at least four weeks on the list before being designated as return to practice with a view to being activated to the 53-player roster.

The fourth-year wide receiver missed previous games against the Los Angeles Chargers, Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals, and won’t play Sunday against the Denver Broncos.

Before landing on injured reserve, Hardman had 25 catches for 297 yards and four touchdowns, adding 31 yards rushing and two touchdowns on four carries through eight games. Hardman didn’t play in Week 10’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, snapping his streak of three straight games with a touchdown.

As for Hardman’s rehabilitation on injured reserve, Reid appeared pleased with the wide receiver’s progress.

“He’s doing well,” Reid said. “He lost some weight, he put the weight back on, which is good, and he’s out running now. He’s getting close.”