The Kansas City Chiefs will host the Buffalo Bills for 2021’s AFC Championship game. The game will air on CBS, and kickoff is at 6:40 p.m. ET at Arrowhead Stadium.
Ahead of their game, we take a look at Chiefs final injury report to see how these injuries may affect the team heading into their playoff matchup.
Chiefs final injury report
Out: LB Willie Gay (ankle)
CB Bashaud Breeland (concussion, shoulder), RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle, hip), RB Le’Veon Bell (knee), WR Sammy Watkins (calf), CB Rashad Fenton (foot)
Notable players on in-week report who were removed from final: QB Patrick Mahomes (concussion, toe)
How injuries may affect Chiefs vs. Bills matchup
UPDATE: The Chiefs announced on Saturday that Bashaud Breeland has been cleared from the concussion protocol and no longer has an injury designation for Sunday’s game.
Although Mahomes’ clearance is the biggest news for KC, there are a handful of impact players whose statuses remain unclear. Breeland and Fenton are two of the Chiefs’ top four cornerbacks. Although both went through limited practice this week, Fenton was limited for some practices last week as well and still didn’t suit up against the Browns. While head coach Andy Reid said Mahomes was ready to go, he didn’t provide the same clarity with Breeland and his concussion. Taking the field without either of these of these CBs — especially Breeland — would be bad news for the Chiefs as they try to slow down the Buffalo Bills’ pass-first, pass-second offense.
Bell’s left knee swelled up earlier this week and he was a DNP for practice on Thursday and Friday. He may not be a factor in this game, but that has basically been the case since Week 15 regardless of whether he was on the field or not. CE-H’s outlook is brighter than last week, when he didn’t participate in the final two practices before the Divisional round game against the Browns. This time around, Edwards-Helaire was at least limited all week long. However, Darrel Williams has looked good in his last two games (124 rushing yards on 23 carries combined), so this may be a full-blown timeshare. That would hurt each player’s DFS value against a very beatable Bills run defense.