Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill Won't Play Sunday Night Against Indianapolis Colts
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Chiefs will host the Indianapolis Colts without wide receiver Tyreek Hill, head coach Andy Reid said after practice on Friday.
“He got out and mixed it up and worked in some team periods,” Reid said of Hill, who returned to practice in a limited role this week. “He did a nice job. But it's just not ready to go yet.”
Left tackle Eric Fisher (groin) and linebacker Dorian O'Daniel (hamstring) have also been ruled out for Sunday night's game.
Hill is returning from a sternoclavicular injury and hasn't played since the season opener at Jacksonville. He showcased his typical speed and agility running routes last weekend during pregame warmups in Detroit and again this week in individual drills during the portion of practice open to the media. Hill has aggressively attacked his rehab assignments, but Reid said the injury dictates caution to protect the player from setbacks.
“He wants to play, but at the same time we got to make sure that thing is taken care of,” Reid said. “It's weird -- it's not your normal injury that you have. We just got to make sure it's right and you don't have any setbacks on it.”
Reid took a wait-and-see approach when asked about Hill returning next week against the Houston Texans. The Chiefs play three games in the course of 11 days including a Thursday night game at Denver on Oct. 17. He will let the team's medical staff ultimately give Hill the green light to return.
“We have full trust in those guys that they'll let us know,” Reid said. “Then we have great communication with our players. They're honest with us. As much as they want to play, we know they want to play, but they'll be honest with you when it real gets down to it.”
The Chiefs expect to have running back Damien Williams back for Sunday night's contest. He missed the last two games with a knee bruise suffered in Week 2 at Oakland. Williams is one of three Chiefs listed as questionable for the game, along with receiver Sammy Watkins and defensive end Alex Okafor
Watkins was listed on the injury report Wednesday and Thursday as a full participant with a shoulder injury. He was downgraded to to limited on Friday with a hamstring injury added to the list.
Okafor left last week's game against Detroit with a hip injury. It's an issue that has limited him on occasion since training camp.
The Colts enter the game with fare more significant injuries. They will plays without both starting safeties in Clayton Geathers and Malik Hook as well as linebacker Darius Leonard, last year's NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and an All-Pro selection. Starting wide receiver T.Y. Hilton and running back Marlon Mack are also nursing injuries and listed as questionable.
Chiefs Injury Report
OUT: WR Tyreek Hill, LT Eric Fisher and LB Dorian O'Daniel
QUESTIONABLE: WR Sammy Watkins, DE Alex Okafor and LB Dorian O'Daniel
Did not practice: LT Eric Fisher (groin) and LB Dorian O'Daniel (hamstring)
Limited participation: WR Tyreek Hill (shoulder), DE Alex Okafor (hip and WR Sammy Watkins (shoulder)
Full participation: RB LeSean McCoy (ankle), CB Bashaud Breeland (toe), QB Patrick Mahomes (ankle), RB Damien Williams (knee), DT Xavier Williams (ankle) and LG Andrew Wylie (chest)
Colts Injury Report
OUT: S Malik Hoker, S Clayton Geathers, LB Darius Leonard, WR Parris Campbell and DT/DE Tyquan Lewis
QUESTIONABLE: WR T.Y. Hilton, RB Marlon Mack, CB Rock Ya-Sin, S Rolan Milligan and LB Anthony Walker
Did not practice: WR Parris Campbell (abdominal), S Clayton Geathers (concussion), S Malik Hooker (knee), DT/DE Tyquan Lewis (ankle), CB Rock Ya-Sin (hip), DT/DE Denico Autry (not injury related), T Anthony Castonzo (not injury related) and DE Justin Houston (not injury related)
Limited participation: WR T.Y. Hilton (quad), LB Darius Leonard (concussion) and S Rolan Milligan (knee)
Full participation: RB Marlon Mack (ankle), DE Jabaal Sheard (not injury related) and LB Anthony Walker (shoulder)