After missing practice this week with an abdomen injury, the Kansas City Chiefs have ruled wide receiver Mecole Hardman out for Sunday.
The Kansas City Chiefs were hoping that each day would bring a bit of better news about the abdomen injury to wide receiver Mecole Hardman that has kept him out of practice all week. However, with official injury reports due on Friday afternoon for the team’s Week 10 matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Chiefs have made it official that Hardman will sit out the team’s next game.
Hardman has been a significant factor as of late for the Chiefs, with five touchdowns coming in his last three games—including the only non-Patrick Mahomes score on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans and a three-TD performance before the bye in a rout of the San Francisco 49ers.
Hardman has already dealt with an ankle injury that plagued him for much of the first third of the regular season, but he’s proven tough with strong performances and solid catches while playing through pain. This week, however, an abdomen issue proved to be too much and the Chiefs have no reason to pressure him to play given their depth and overall offensive production.
Even without Hardman, the Chiefs will still have plenty of pass catchers for Mahomes against the Jaguars who are visiting on Sunday afternoon. It’s also a good opportunity for the team’s newest arrival, wide receiver Kadarius Toney, to earn more playing time and show what he can do.
Hardman has 25 catches for 297 yards and 4 receiving touchdowns on the season. He also has another two scores among his 4 rushing attempts for 31 more yards on the ground.