Loser: Frank Clark
Frank Clark didn’t even play on Sunday, but that’s not a good thing. At this point, the player with the single highest cap hit on the team (and the greatest non-QB cap hit in the NFL) has to be a productive force, even if it’s not nearly at the level at which he’s getting paid.
What the Chiefs have received this season from Clark so far is two games missed due to two different hamstring injuries. The Chiefs were already thin at defensive end, especially on dependable top talent, and Clark’s absence has exacerbated that need in major ways. The inability of Clark to suit up has placed major stress along the defensive line and forced everyone to take on a greater role and/or shift responsibilities beyond perhaps what they are capable of or comfortable with.
The Chiefs are likely going to try to find a way out of this deal in the offseason, regardless of how Clark looks game to game, but not being able to play at all is the worst outcome of all. Hopefully he feels better soon and is able to at least occupy a spot on the field with some solid production (if not more).