Chiefs Issue Unfortunate Health Update Before Titans Game
The Chiefs issued an unfortunate health update before the Titans game this week.
Heading into Sunday’s AFC Championship showdown, the big question has been how healthy Kansas City will be.
When fully healthy, the Chiefs are very hard to stop on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.
However, they are not fully healthy.
Pro Bowl defensive lineman Chris Jones has been dealing with a nagging calf injury all week long, and it appears that it will continue to hamper him through Sunday.
According to ESPN NFL insider Ed Werder, the Chiefs are “not optimistic” regarding Jones’ odds of playing in the big game. And if he does play, there are serious questions regarding just how much action he will be able to see.
— Ed Werder (@WerderEdESPN) January 18, 2020
This is obviously problematic in large part due to the run that Titans running back Derrick Henry has been on.
Henry is averaging nearly 189 yards per outing in the playoffs, and the Chiefs will need all hands on deck to stop him.
Without Jones in their last game, Kansas City gave up 31 points to the Houston Texans.
Jones has recorded 76 tackles and 24.5 sacks over the past two years. A talented stopping force against the run, he would be immensely valuable to the Chiefs as it pertains to slowing down Henry.
Unfortunately, it looks like the Chiefs will have to go into their biggest game of the year without one of their most important defensive players.
It remains to be seen if the Kansas City defense can figure out a way to stop Tennessee’s brutal running game. If they don’t, they’ll be watching the Super Bowl from home come February.