KC Chiefs wide receivers Tyreek Hill, Mecole Hardman returned to practice Thursday

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The Chiefs returned to full strength at the wide receiver position for Thursday’s practice.

Tyreek Hill and Mecole Hardman missed Wednesday’s practice for non-injury reasons but was present Thursday, the Chiefs announced.

Hill was excused from Wednesday’s practice for what the team called personal reasons, while the Chiefs had designated Hardman’s absence as being due to “other” reasons. Both players were removed from Thursday’s injury report.

The Chiefs were missing two other players ahead of Sunday night’s game against the Denver Broncos at Arrowhead Stadium, however.

Rookie tackle Lucas Niang (ribs) and cornerback Rashad Fenton (knee) did not practice Thursday, according to the Chiefs. Fenton, out for a second straight day, strained a knee in Week 11 before the Chiefs went on their bye week. Niang, who has missed two straight games, put in a limited practice Wednesday.

The Chiefs are likely to rely on veteran Andrew Wylie if Niang can’t play Sunday, and Kyle Long is available if needed. The Chiefs activated Long from the physically unable to perform (PUP) list earlier in the week, and he practiced fully Thursday for a second straight day.

Cornerback L’Jarius Sneed (knee), cornerback Chris Lammons (hip), fullback Michael Burton (pectoral) and linebacker Dorian O’Daniel (shoulder) practiced fully again on Thursday, too.

For the Broncos, running back Melvin Gordon (shoulder, hip) missed a second straight day of practice. Cornerback Nate Hairston (hip) also didn’t practice Thursday.

Denver tight end Eric Saubert (ankle), guard Dalton Risner (back), defensive end Shelby Harris (ankle), cornerback Ronald Darby (illness), offensive lineman Quinn Meinerz (knee), tackle Bobby Massie (ankle), wide receiver Tyrie Cleveland (hamstring) and tackle Garett Bolles (ankle) were limited.

Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (tibia), defensive lineman Mike Purcell (thumb), outside linebacker Bradley Chubb (ankle), safety Kareem Jackson (neck) and linebacker Baron Browning (back) practiced fully Thursday.