The Kansas City Chiefs opened the week heading in the right direction on the injury front and continued on that path Thursday. Their injury report remained the same, including Branden Albert, Justin Houston and Dexter McCluster all participating a week after sitting out.
Of the three impact players, McCluster is the most likely to play, especially in light of the team releasing Chad Hall. The wide receiver was signed last week to replace McCluster on punt returns, so cutting him loose helps to paint a clear picture.
At this point, McCluster doesn’t see sitting out this weekend as being an option.
“It’s going to be fun, getting back out there,” he told reporters.
The bigger question marks are Albert and Houston. The Chiefs have been easing Albert back into work this week and considering how solid Donald Stephenson has been filling in for him on the left side, there’s no reason to rush him back to action. While Houston has done more in practice and his presence has been missed more on Sundays, don’t expect him to play Sunday unless he’s back to full strength.
There is still plenty on the line in Kansas City, but no one is going to be irresponsible with Albert or Houston’s health in the name of a long shot chase of the top seed.
The Colts added two more players to their already lengthy injury report, but upgraded Robert Mathis. The linebacker sat out Wednesday, but looks poised to line up Sunday in attempts to add to his impressive 16.5 sacks.
Did Not Participate
Ricky Jean Francois
Out (Definitely Will Not Play)