The Chiefs are missing linebacker Damien Wilson in practice once again.
The Kansas City Chiefs practiced on Thursday in anticipation of their scheduled game against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday afternoon, and linebacker Damien Wilson was missing once again. Fortunately the team did see Tyreek Hill on the practice field for the first time this week.
The Chiefs take on the Fins on the road in Week 14 and are slowly getting healthier, but an illness has been circulating among a couple Chiefs players, including rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire for all of last week. Edwards-Helaire was active on Sunday but did not play a single snap, likely due to having missed practice all week long. Hill then started the week by missing Wednesday due to an illness but he was seen back on the field on Thursday.
As for Wilson, the Chiefs linebacking corps will be hurting on Sunday if he is unable to go due to a knee injury. Wilson is one of the best tacklers on the team and the Chiefs are a bit thin at the position as it is. Fortunately they’re not often in the base defense, and the Chiefs can likely plan around Wilson’s absence to a degree.
Without Wilson in the lineup, the Chiefs will turn to Ben Niemann and perhaps Darius Harris but there’s still time for Wilson to return to practice and/or at least be ready to play at least some reps on Sunday’s game.
Wilson joined the Chiefs in the great defensive overhaul of 2019 and was part of the team’s turnaround on that side of the ball during the Super Bowl run last season. He’s started all 28 games played since he arrived more than a year ago, including all 12 this season. This season he has 68 tackles, including 2 for a loss, and 1 forced fumble for K.C.