The Chiefs had everyone back and participating in practice including wideout Sammy Watkins.
The Kansas City Chiefs should be quite happy with the way things are turning out on the injury report as they prepare to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday afternoon. Leading up to the Week 12 contest, everyone is a full participant in practice, including wide receiver Sammy Watkins.
That’s not to say the Chiefs are entirely healthy these days. Every team is dealing with injuries, and the Chiefs recently placed more players on injured reserve, including right tackle Mitchell Schwartz. However they’ve also had other players return and others deal with lingering concerns, but it seems as if the team could be turning the corner as they prepare to visit the Bucs.
Watkins has missed every single game since leaving the team’s Week 5 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders with a hamstring injury. It was believed he could return after the bye, but Watkins also sat out last week’s win over the same team. This week, however, he’s a full participant in practice and that seems like a good sign for his availability against a tough Bucs defense, who rank No. 2 in defensive DVOA, per Football Outsiders.
In addition, Schwartz’s replacement, Mike Remmers, is also in full health after struggling with a rib injury. That’s good news for a line that’s slowly bringing in reinforcements to help with the overall ceiling and depth. Stefen Wisniewski and Martinas Rankin are both new faces who could help supplant some interim starters and/or provide security for further issues or injuries.
Finally, it’s notable that cornerback L’Jarius Sneed continues to be a full participant in practice after playing his first limited reps last game after returning from a broken collarbone. Expect the Chiefs defense to give him more playing time as he’s ready.