Kansas City Chiefs Injury Updates on Harrison Butker, Trent McDuffie, Patrick Mahomes


The Kansas City Chiefs practice Tuesday without a few key players ahead of Thursday night’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers at GEHA Field in Arrowhead Stadium.

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said kicker Harrison Butker (left ankle) and rookie cornerback Trent McDuffie (hamstring) will not be working on the field as the team prepares for an AFC West heavyweight showdown.

Reid sparked cautious optimism about Butker’s availability, which the head coach categorized as “day-to-day,” for the short-turnaround game.

“I think if it was just painful, I think he would get through that,” said Reid. “He’s got some swelling in there, so I think it’s a matter of being functional enough to do it. I mean, he’s a tough guy. … We’ll see how that plays out.”

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Butker sustained the injury in the first quarter of Sunday’s game and the Chiefs turned to Justin Reid’s safety to handle two extra point attempts before Butker returned. Reid, however, kicked off for the remainder of the game.

The Chiefs are considering options, including their safety, in case Butker can’t play against the Chargers. The Chiefs have also reportedly added kicker Matt Ammendola to the practice squad.

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“We have the plan B and we’re working on it,” Reid said.

As for McDuffie, the Chiefs don’t seem to expect their pick to play in the first round.

“He’s going to struggle to make it to the game,” Reid said.

The Chiefs will likely ask rookie Jaylen Watson to team up with L’Jarius Sneed and Rashad Fenton. Watson made a total of 33 defensive snaps in Sunday’s game while filling in for McDuffie, who left the second half with a hamstring injury.

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In the meantime, Reid said everyone else will practice. This means quarterback Patrick Mahomes (left wrist), wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (shoulder), wide receiver Justin Watson (chest), guard Trey Smith (ankle), and left tackle Orlando Brown (knee) will be working to some degree .

There are also no worries about the availability of Mahomes against the Chargers.

“It’s full,” Reid said.