Friday update: The Chiefs have listed Sammy Watkins as questionable to play vs. the Raiders on Sunday after adding a calf injury and a downgrade in participation to limited for Thursday and Friday’s practice. He probably will return, but it’s not as cut and dry as it was early in the week.
Thursday update: Watkins hasn’t had any setbacks and is set to return this week, per NFL Network’s James Palmer. The Chiefs will want all hands on deck to keep from getting swept by the Raiders on the season.
The Kansas City Chiefs are expected to welcome wide receiver Sammy Watkins back to game action in Week 11. Watkins has been sidelined since injuring his hamstring in Week 5, but he was a full participant in practice on Wednesday.
After Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce, the Chiefs pass catchers vary week-to-week. Kelce leads the team with 58 receptions and Hill is second with 44. After that, Clyde Edwards-Helaire has 28 receptions, Mecole Hardman has 25, and Watkins and Demarcus Robinson each have 21. The fact that Watkins has that many in spite of missing four games speaks volumes.
The Chiefs face the Las Vegas Raiders this week, and a defense that ranks 19th in pass defense efficiency. They’re not awful, but there’s a better than even chance this game turns into a shootout. The Raiders beat the Chiefs 40-32 earlier this year, and the Chiefs put up 28 and 40 points in the two matchups last year. Watkins is not going to be a must-start this week, but there’s going to be some flex value at least.