The Chiefs were down two players Wednesday in preparation for Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills in the AFC Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs at Arrowhead Stadium.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid said running back Darrel Williams (toe) and cornerback Rashad Fenton (back) did not practice, mostly out of caution.
“We’ll try to let it rest up and see if it calms down a little bit,” Reid said of the duo’s respective injuries.
Williams suffered the toe injury in the regular-season finale and saw limited action in the Chiefs’ 42-21 home playoff victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers last weekend.
Reid said Monday that Williams had trouble pushing off the toe and it showed in Williams’ playing time on Sunday. He played on eight total offensive snaps, recording a single carry for 4 yards.
Fenton’s back became an issue shortly before the Chiefs were required to submit their list of inactive players 90 minutes before kickoff. The Chiefs elected to hold out Fenton in the game.
Aside from Williams and Fenton, the rest of the Chiefs’ players all practiced in some capacity, including running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (shoulder injury in Week 16).
“He moved around well,” Reid said of Edwards-Helaire. “We’ll see (Thursday) and how he back-to-backs these things.”
The Chiefs later in the afternoon listed Edwards-Helaire as a full participant in Wednesday’s practice, but optimism about his ability to play in this weekend’s game against Buffalo should be tempered.
The Chiefs had been hopeful that Edwards-Helaire, who has now missed three straight games, would be able to get in more work last week as the game against Pittsburgh approached. But after practicing in limited fashion last Wednesday, he missed the final two days of practice — on Thursday and Friday — before he was ultimately ruled out against the Steelers.
While his participation level on Wednesday was a positive sign, what he’s able to do on Thursday and Friday will be key this week.
“I don’t want to (predict) anything,” Reid said. “I said it last week and I was wrong, so we’ll just see how he does as we go forward.”
If Edwards-Helaire suffers a setback and Williams is once again limited for Sunday’s game, look for the Chiefs to once again rely on Jerick McKinnon, who totaled 142 yards (61 rushing) and a touchdown against the Steelers.
The Chiefs listed wide receiver Tyreek Hill (heel) and cornerback L’Jarius Sneed (knee) as full participants in Wednesday’s practice.
For the Bills, defensive end Mario Addison (shoulder) was the only player listed on Wednesday’s injury report. He put in a limited practice.