Defensive end Frank Clark on the mend again just days before the Chiefs play host to the Los Angeles Chargers at Arrowhead Stadium.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Friday that Clark missed practice after suffering a hamstring strain during Thursday’s session.
And, to be clear, this is a new injury — to Clark’s other leg.
“It’s the other hamstring, so it’s a different one,” Reid said.
The good news is that Clark’s other hamstring, which he hurt during training camp, appears to be healed. He missed all three preseason games and the season opener because of that injury.
“That one is pretty healed,” Reid said. “He’s been healed; our training staff is on top of all that. We don’t put guys out there if they can’t go.”
Clark had returned to the starting rotation just last week, recording two tackles in 53 defensive snaps. This new ailment is a setback, especially given the tricky nature of hamstring injuries and varying length of necessary recovery time — which depends on the severity of the injury.
The Chiefs officially designated Clark as doubtful for Sunday’s game.
If Clark doesn’t play, second-year pro Mike Danna is likely to start in his place. The Chiefs also have Alex Okafor and rookie Joshua Kaindoh to utilize in rotational roles.
Reid also revealed Friday that cornerback Charvarius Ward is dealing with a strained quad.
“Both are getting treatment and we’ll just have to see where we go from there,” the coach said. “Other than that, everybody practiced today.”
The Chiefs have cornerback depth on their active 53-player roster: L’Jarius Sneed, Mike Hughes, Rashad Fenton, Chris Lammons and Deandre Baker, who could see his first action of the season if Ward can’t play.
The Chiefs later listed Ward and defensive end Chris Jones, who was limited in practice the entire week with a wrist injury, as questionable for Sunday.
The Chargers, meanwhile, designated cornerback Chris Harris Jr. (shoulder) as out, while defensive lineman Justin Jones (calf) is doubtful and defensive end Joey Bosa (foot, ankle) is questionable.