The Kansas City Chiefs wide receivers are seemingly dropping like flies ahead of a key Week 11 matchup with the Los Angeles Chargers.

Mecole Hardman was the first to wind up on the injury report due to an abdomen ailment in Week 10. The speedster ended up missing the outing against the Jacksonville Jaguars and he missed practice again today on November 16.

He wasn’t the only one, as Arrowhead Pride’s Pete Sweeney reported that JuJu Smith-Schuster (concussion) and Marquez Valdes-Scantling (illness) were also absent on Wednesday. At the start of the 2022 season, those were the three unquestioned starters in this Kansas City WR corps.

The #Chiefs say that WR Mecole Hardman (illness to his abdomen), WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (concussion), CB Chris Lammons (concussion) and WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling (illness) will not practice on Wednesday as they prep for the #Chargers.

— Pete Sweeney (@pgsween) November 16, 2022

Chiefs WR Corps Has Multiple Absences Ahead of Week 11

Needless to say, this creates a precarious situation as the Chiefs prep for their number one competitor in the AFC West. Head coach Andy Reid gave brief updates on each of the ailing wideouts.

“Mecole has an illness to his abdomen,” he began, “he’s getting better but he’s not back yet. Two people in concussion protocol are [Chris] Lammons and JuJu, and then Scantling is just sick — he’s got an illness.”

Of the three, “MVS” definitely appears to be the most likely to suit up on Sunday based on Reid’s comments but it’s never ideal to have important pieces sidelined in practice.

“We’ll just take it day by day,” Reid responded when asked about Smith-Schuster’s status. “We’ll be cautious with it, we’re not gonna do anything that you shouldn’t do according to what the data shows and how he feels.”

It’s always impossible to speculate on the severity of a concussion, but based on the uproar from players and fans alike, it wouldn’t be a huge shock if the Chiefs’ new number-one wide receiver spent a week on the sidelines to make sure he’s good to go for the remainder of the season.

Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs Not Worried About Absences

No matter what happens at wide receiver this week, Big Red and quarterback Patrick Mahomes II echoed the same message.

“Yeah, we’re good,” Reid reassured. “We’ve got a couple of other guys — you’ve seen [Marcus] Kemp up a …read more



Rash of Chiefs Absences Creates Precarious Situation at WR vs Chargers

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