Six Chiefs starters miss practice ahead of AFC Championship

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs missed six starters at Wednesday’s practice ahead of the AFC Championship.

Running back Isiah Pacheco (toe), offensive guards Trey Smith (illness) and Joe Thuney, safety Mike Edwards (concussion), and wide receiver Skyy Moore (knee) all missed practice ahead of Sunday’s clash with the Baltimore Ravens.

Linebacker Willie Gay (neck) also missed practice after he left the AFC Divisional round against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler said Gay is ‘trending upward’ towards playing on Sunday.

Defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi missed practice with a tricep injury that kept him out of the Bills game as well.

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Thuney is the biggest concern for the team after he left the Divisional round game early with a pec strain. He underwent an MRI on Monday and ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that he is unlikely to play.

Veteran backup Nick Allegretti will be up in his place if he does not play.

Edwards also left the game in the first quarter with a concussion and is still in concussion protocol. Rookie Chamarri Conner took his place last week. He ended up third in tackles against the Bills and was the Chiefs’ highest-graded defender, according to Pro Football Focus.

Smith has been banged up in the latter part of the season with small pains that never kept him out of a game.

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Moore is still on injured reserve with a knee injury and would need to be put on the active roster to be eligible to play. His 21-day window to return to play opened last week, and he did not play against Buffalo.

Pacheco is a crucial piece of the running game with 97 yards and a TD against Buffalo but said on Wednesday that he expects to play.

Ravens injuries

The Ravens injury report is much shorter than the Chiefs.

The biggest concern is the health of All-Pro tight end Mark Andrews who has missed the last eight games with an ankle injury. He was a full participant on Wednesday.

Cornerback Marlon Humphrey also missed the Ravens’ Divisional Round match against the Houston Texans with a calf injury and was limited in practice.

Kickoff vs the Ravens is set for 2 p.m. Sunday.

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