The hope for any team coming out of their bye week is that the time away was effective for players who have been dealing with ongoing injury concerns, fatigue, illnesses, and the like. Fortunately for the Kansas City Chiefs, it sounds as if their ability to sit out Week 10 was good for exactly that as they prepare to host the Philadelphia Eagles after 15 days off.
The Chiefs returned to practice on Thursday at Arrowhead Stadium in anticipation of a rematch from last season's Super Bowl, and head coach Andy Reid said that every single player on the active roster was expected to participate.
The Kansas City Chiefs have every player on the active roster back in practice on Thursday.
That the team is fully healthy is a great sign for the second half overall. Lingering injuries have been bothersome at a couple of primary positions, including linebacker and running back. At linebacker, Nick Bolton remains on injured reserve with a long-term wrist injury that will keep him out another month or more, but Willie Gay Jr. had been playing through a lower back injury that was finally given time to heal up.
At running back, the Chiefs have been thin with an illness for Clyde Edwards-Helaire that kept him from even making the trip to Frankfurt, Germany with the rest of the team in Week 9 to face the Miami Dolphins. In addition, Jerick McKinnon has been limited in practice in recent weeks with a groin injury.
The Chiefs still have Bolton on IR along with swing tackle Prince Tega Wanogho and wide receiver Richie James. However, James is now back in practice, too, and the Chiefs will have to make a decision soon on what to do with his roster spot going forward.
The Chiefs and Eagles will kick off in primetime on Monday Night Football on Monday, November 20 at 7:15 p.m. C.T.