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2019 AFC Championship Game Thursday injury report: Patriots officially at full strength; Chiefs trending in right direction too

Thursday’s injury report is out.

New England Patriots v Miami Dolphins Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

The 2019 AFC Championship Game is only three days away, and the highly-anticipated game will feature two almost fully healthy squads: while the Kansas City Chiefs had only one player unable to practice fully today, the New England Patriots removed their only man listed and are now officially at full strength heading into the conference title matchup at Arrowhead Stadium.

Let’s take a look at the second injury report of the week:

Did not participate

Patriots: none

Chiefs: LB Dorian O’Daniel (ankle)

While the Patriots again had perfect participation at practice today, the Chiefs missed Dorian O’Daniel for the second-straight day. The 24-year old, who serves a rotational depth linebacker that sees most of his action on special teams, already missed Kansas City’s divisional round playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts, and appears to be a long shot to actually get ready in time for Sunday’s game.

Limited participation

Patriots: none

Chiefs: none

Nothing to see here. Please disperse!

Full participation

Patriots: none

Chiefs: OG Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (ankle), RB Spencer Ware (hamstring), 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)

Speaking of the Chiefs, there were two changes to their practice report since yesterday: guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, who was activated off injured reserve earlier this week, was upgraded from limited to full participation. The same happened to running back Spencer Ware, who missed Kansas City’s last three games because of his hamstring issue. While both — just like the rest of the team’s full participation list — are expected to be ready for Sunday, they may not receive the same workload they would normally get.

Removed from list

Patriots: DE Deatrich Wise Jr. (ankle)

Chiefs: none

After missing the Patriots’ divisional round victory over the Los Angeles Chargers after suddenly popping up on the injury report last week, defensive edge Deatrich Wise Jr. was officially removed from the injury report today. Having the 24-year old available will strengthen the Patriots’ defensive edge rotation and simultaneously might also lead to deactivation of Adrian Clayborn: the offseason acquisition struggled against mobile quarterbacks like the Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes.