The only member of the Kansas City Chiefs to miss practice on Wednesday leading up to Sunday’s game agaisnt the Texans is cornerback Mo Claiborne.
Heading into the team’s Divisional Round game against the Houston Texans in the postseason, the Kansas City Chiefs are looking very healthy with only cornerback Morris Claiborne sitting out of practice on Wednesday. Even then, Claiborne is missing practice only for personal reasons.
The Chiefs have dealt with numerous injuries from Week 1 through the end of the regular season, losing valuable starts from stars on both sides of the ball. Reigning MVP and star quarterback Patrick Mahomes missed two games. Tyreek Hill missed the first third of the season. Frank Clark, Chris Jones, Anthony Hitchens, and Kendall Fuller have all missed time on the defensive side, which has also lost Juan Thornhill, Emmanuel Ogbah, Alex Okafor, and Breeland Speaks for the year. That doesn’t even include an offensive line that’s gone without one or more starters most weeks of the season.
Claiborne has also missed quite a bit of time this year, including the first quarter of the season due to a suspension. He hasn’t played an official snap since the team’s 40-9 win over the Oakland Raiders in Week 13, which means he’s likely going to be rusty if he plays at all on Sunday.
The Chiefs haven’t needed Claiborne as much as expected this season due to the fine performances on the depth chart in front of him, especially from rookie Rashad Fenton, second-year corner Charvarius Ward and veteran Bashaud Breeland. That said, Kendall Fuller is likely going to rotate up to free safety with Thornhill out more often, which lessens the number of corners available for the Chiefs defense. Hopefully Claiborne can be ready to contribute.
So far this season, Claiborne has 14 tackles in 8 games including one start for K.C.