There are only three games left in the 2018 NFL season, and two of them will be played on Sunday — one of which the AFC Championship Game that will see the New England Patriots and the Kansas City Chiefs go at each other with a Super Bowl berth on the line. The matchup between the conference’s top two seeds will be an intriguing one, in part because both teams are pretty healthy entering the contest.
A look at today’s first injury report of the week confirms this:
Did not participate
Chiefs: LB Dorian O’Daniel (ankle)
While the Patriots had perfect participation at practice today, the Chiefs missed Dorian O’Daniel. The 24-year old, who already missed Kansas City’s divisional round playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts, usually serves a rotational depth linebacker that sees most of his action on special teams.
Chiefs: OG Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (ankle), RB Spencer Ware (hamstring)
New England also had no limited participants during practice today, as defensive edge Deatrich Wise Jr. return to full participation. Meanwhile, Chiefs guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif was limited after being activated off injured reserve on Tuesday. Running back Spencer Ware, who missed the Chiefs’ last four games due to injury, was also present for the session but unable to partake fully.
Patriots: DE Deatrich Wise Jr. (ankle)
Chiefs: SS Eric Berry (heel), CB Kendall Fuller (thumb/shoulder), WR Tyreek Hill (thigh/heel), LB Anthony Hitchens (knee), FS Jordan Lucas (shoulder), WR Sammy Watkins (foot), OG Andrew Wylie (bicep)
As noted above, Deatrich Wise Jr. returned to full practice participation today. The second-year man, who is an integral part of New England’s defensive edge rotation alongside Trey Flowers, Adrian Clayborn and John Simon, missed last Sunday’s divisional round victory over the Los Angeles Chargers due to his ankle issue.
While Kansas City lists seven players in this category, all of them are expected to be good to go on Sunday — at least in some capacity.