With their highly-anticipated clash with the Buffalo Bills coming into view this weekend, the Kansas City Chiefs are looking at a few players returning to practice seemingly in time to play in the AFC showdown between two prominent contenders.
Week 5 is going to be a big week for the Chiefs and visiting Bills. Fortunately for K.C., the week of practice is starting out well with some familiar faces back in the fold after some time away. Both cornerback Rashad Fenton and linebacker Willie Gay Jr. are resuming practice on Wednesday, and the hope is that both will be able to play on defense this week against Josh Allen and company.
Fenton has been out for a week with a concussion suffered during the team’s game in Week 3 against the Los Angeles Chargers. He was out for Week 4, but his presence back at practice makes it seem as if he’s going to be good to go for Sunday. If so, that’s an underrated addition of a guy who can play a number of spots in the Chiefs due to his versatility.
As for Gay, he’s missed the entire season so far with a toe injury that’s proved much tougher to get over than anyone initially thought after he left the game against the Minnesota Vikings. He’s been on injured reserve since before the season began, but now he’s back and able to practice. If the Chiefs can get Gay back in the heart of their defense this week, it will go a long way toward improving what has been a disappointing defense overall, especially since their linebackers have looked so poor in coverage.
As for Frank Clark and Charvarius Ward, both have missed the last two games with a hamstring injury and a quad injury, respectively. Fortunately they were in practice in previous weeks as well, which likely means they could have played if the game had been a bigger contest than it was.
Unfortunately for the Chiefs, they are without defensive lineman Chris Jones (wrist) and safety Armani Watts (illness).