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Chiefs’ Andy Reid gives injury update before Tuesday practice

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid provided a pre-practice injury update on Tuesday as the team plays on Saturday in Week 16.

Several players won’t practice due to either illness or injury as the team hits the field for the first time this week, including a player who missed Friday’s practice with an illness. Reid revealed that there is some sort of sickness going through the defensive line room in Kansas City ahead of their upcoming game.

“The D-Line room — Michael Danna, Chris Jones and then Khalen Saunders are all sick,” Reid said. “Jody Fortson, has an elbow. His elbow is subluxed. He won’t practice today either. He’ll struggle to make it to the game as we go forward. Tough kid, but he got banged up there pretty good. Other than that everyone will be out there and rolling.”

It doesn’t seem like these illnesses will keep any of the players out from Week 16, but it’s worth monitoring as the practice week progresses.

As for Jody Fortson’s injury, he had a subluxed elbow or elbow dislocation. It seems like he’ll miss at least Week 16, but it sounds like the dislocation was significant and that he could miss more time. The Chiefs could simply place Fortson on injured reserve and allow him extra time to heal.

They’ll need to make a roster spot this week for the expected return of WR Mecole Hardman. Fortson could be that corresponding transaction.

“There’s a good chance,” Reid said of Hardman’s pending activation to the 53-man roster. “He’ll practice with the guys today. We’ll see if we can’t get him in there a little bit.”

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