Texans vs. Chiefs Injury Report: Will Fuller Expected To Play In Divisional Round
The 4-seeded Houston Texans will face off against the 2-seeded Kansas City Chiefs in Sunday’s AFC Divisional Round matchup (3:05 p.m. ET on CBS).
We’re tracking key injuries for both teams in the run-up to kickoff. You’ll find the latest news with our daily updates outlined below.
Texans vs. Chiefs Injury Report: Divisional Round
The Chiefs listed DL Chris Jones (calf) and TE Travis Kelce (knee) as questionable.
Head coach Andy Reid said Kelce is dealing with a knee bruise, but the tight end is expected to suit up. The jury is still out on Jones, but it’s encouraging he still got in limited practices after he hurt his calf on Wednesday. His potential absence wouldn’t be great for them since he leads the Chiefs in pressures, sacks and hurries, per Pro Football Focus.
The Texans only removed DL J.J. Watt (shoulder) and LB Jacob Martin (illness) from Friday’s report, otherwise, they listed every other player as questionable. TE Darren Fells was also a new addition with a hip injury. They have two tight ends, Fells and Jordan Aikens (hamstring), listed as questionable.
WRs Kenny Stills (knee) and Will Fuller (groin) both practiced in a limited fashion all week and were listed as questionable. Stills has continually played through this knee issue, so he should be trending toward playing. Fuller is expected to play, barring any setbacks leading up to game time.
The only change in the Texans’ report is that LB Jacob Martin (illness) was upgraded to limited practice. Otherwise, everyone’s else participation was the same as Wednesday.
Mid-week additions to the injury report typically aren’t the best, but Chiefs DL Chris Jones was added on Thursday with a calf injury. It’s unclear at the time of writing if he’s in jeopardy of missing Sunday’s game. TE Travis Kelce (knee) got in another limited session, but he should fine in a game of this magnitude.
As expected, Texans WR Will Fuller (groin) was listed as limited in Wednesday’s practice. He’ll likely continue to be limited as the week progresses. WR Kenny Stills (knee) was also listed as limited, but he followed this same protocol last week and was removed from the injury report by the end of it.
DL J.J. Watt’s (shoulder) limited practice isn’t shocking since last week was his first game in quite a while. He’s expected to play more snaps against the Chiefs than he did last week.
Chiefs TE Travis Kelce made the injury report for the first time this entire season with a knee injury. Although, he still got in a limited session. It would be incredibly surprising if this knee issue was serious. I’d expect him to be fine.
NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported that WR Will Fuller (groin) is expected to be active against the Chiefs on Sunday if he faces no setbacks in practice this week.
Fuller has been getting in limited practices over the last few weeks after he injured his groin against the Bucs in Week 16. Ideally, the Texans would love to have him and have all hands on deck for this matchup against the Chiefs.
The Chiefs lost S Juan Thornhill for the season with a torn ACL last week and was placed on injured reserve on Tuesday. It’s a big loss for the Chiefs as he graded out as one of their best players in pass coverage this season.
Guys who weren’t able to play in Week 17 due to injury were CB Morris Claiborne (shoulder), OL Andrew Wylie (ankle/shoulder) and DL Xavier Williams (ankle).
Andy Reid said all the players would be at practice on Monday, but they’re not required to submit an official practice report until Wednesday.
Texans vs. Chiefs Injury Status Tracker
We’re tracking each player’s daily practice participation in the table below. You’ll also find their official injury designation in the “Team Status” column, but if that’s not yet available, the FantasyLabs (FL) Status will also be updated throughout the week.
Texans vs. Chiefs Betting Odds
The Chiefs opened as 8-point favorites, but they’re now sitting at -10 at FanDuel. The over/under, meanwhile, sits at 51 as of Tuesday.