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Tyrann Mathieu will play in AFC Championship game vs. Bengals

We break down the news that Tyrann Mathieu is in the concussion protocol and what it means for the Championship round of the 2022 NFL Playoffs.

Tyrann Mathieu #32 of the Kansas City Chiefs reacts to a Chiefs defensive penalty during the third quarter near Ray-Ray McCloud #14 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 16, 2022 in Kansas City, Missouri. Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images

Sunday update: Mathieu has officially been removed from the injury report and will play in the AFC Championship game vs. the Bengals.

Friday PM update: Mathieu practiced in full once again on Friday, but is listed as questionable because he hasn’t been cleared of his concussion yet. All signs point to that clearance happening before Sunday.

Friday update: Mathieu hasn’t been cleared of his concussion yet, but head coach Andy Reid expects him to be cleared and play after apparently not having any setbacks after practicing in full on Thursday and returning to practice on Friday, per James Palmer.

Thursday PM update: Mathieu logged a full practice on Thursday, which is a great sign that he will be cleared of his concussion sooner than later.

Thursday PM update: News for Mathieu continues to be positive. He still needs to pass through concussion protocol, but Andy Reid is optimistic that will happen in time.

Thursday update: Mathieu was at practice on Thursday, per Pete Sweeney. We’ll wait on the injury report to see if he will be considered limited, but this is a good step toward being cleared in time for Sunday.

Wednesday update: Mathieu didn’t practice on Wednesday, but head coach Andy Reid does appear optimistic he can clear concussion protocol in time for their matchup with the Bengals.

Kansas City Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu was inadvertently hit in the head by a teammate early on in the Divisional round game against the Bills on Sunday. He was unable to return to the game and is in concussion protocol. He reportedly “feels good” according to Matt McMullen.

Matheiu’s absence might not have slowed Josh Allen down in the Divisional round, but it could have. Getting him back to face the passing attack of Joe Burrow, Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins, and Tyler Boyd would be a huge help.

We really don’t know what his chances are to be cleared of his concussion, but plenty of players have been able to go the following week of suffering a concussion. If he can get out on the practice field early on in the week in any capacity, his chances get better.

Fantasy football implications

Mathieu’s not going to shut down Burrow and company, but he would help.