The Kansas City Chiefs are looking relatively healthy heading into their Week 5 matchup against the visiting Buffalo Bills, at least comparatively speaking with previous games. In fact, the only player missing from practice, among those could be expected to suit up, on Thursday was defensive lineman Chris Jones.
Jones has been out of practice for a couple straight days for Kansas City as the team is hoping the wrist injury that’s bothered him for multiple games now will have a real chance to heal.
Jones hasn’t missed a single start this season but he’s been listed on injury reports for the last couple weeks with the injury. It hasn’t exactly helped his learning curve outside as the Chiefs have experimented with playing Jones outside on the edge given his desire to want to grow outside instead of being in place along the interior, which is where he’s been for years.
The state of the overall line also hasn’t helped matters as Jones has been the only presence with any real consistency. Frank Clark has missed three games so far to start the season and others along the line have yet to step up. What looked like a deep young line in the preseason has failed to cement itself in the regular season, besides the emergence of Michael Danna. Turk Wharton, Khalen Saunders, Alex Okafor and others have disappointed when on the field.
Jones has been limited before in recent weeks or at least on the injury report and still played plenty of snaps. HE’s played on 73 percent of the Chief defensive snaps so far this year, which is up several percentage points from last year’s average of 65 percent, so clearly he should be good to go on some level against Buffalo.
Jones has 7 total tackles, 4 quarterback hits, 8 pressures and 2 sacks so far in the 2021 season.