Colts-Chiefs Divisional Round Injury Report: Is Eric Berry Healthy Enough to Slow Eric Ebron?
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The Kansas City Chiefs opened as 6-point favorite against the Indianapolis Colts for Saturday’s AFC Divisional Round matchup.
Below is the full injury report and analysis for both teams heading into the week, but you can track daily practice participation and get the latest estimated statuses (and official game statuses) for every team in our Divisional Round Injury Report.
- S Mike Mitchell (calf)
- WR Ryan Grant (toe)
- DE Tyquan Lewis (knee)
Notable players on IR: LB Skai Moore (neck), DT Al Woods (foot), TE Jack Doyle (Kidney), LT J’Marcus Webb (hamstring), RT Joe Haeg (ankle), WR Deon Cain (knee)
The defense could certainly use the services of Mitchell and Lewis in their attempt to slow down Patrick Mahomes and Co. Meanwhile, the offense is almost fully healthy, aside from auxiliary receiver Ryan Grant.
- LB Reggie Ragland (hip)
- FS Eric Berry (heel)
- RB Spencer Ware (hamstring)
- WR Sammy Watkins (foot)
Notable players on IR: WR De’Anthony Thomas (leg), LB Terrance Smith (knee), G Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (leg)
Watkins has been reportedly preparing for a playoff return since he re-aggravated his injury during the Chiefs’ Week 11 loss to the Rams. His return would bump Demarcus Robinson out of starting 3-WR sets, although the Chiefs’ over-qualified field-stretcher would likely continue to work behind both of Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce in Mahomes’ pecking order.
The statuses of other injured Chiefs players are a bit more unclear. Ware, Berry and Ragland should be considered questionable. The potential return of the Chiefs’ all-world safety would be a major boost for the league’s No. 25-ranked defense in Football Outsiders’ DVOA against tight ends.