Kansas City Chiefs

Mecole Hardman is out for Week 17 against the Broncos after an injury setback

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Mecole Hardman had a setback during Wednesday’s practice before he and quarterback Patrick Mahomes faced the Denver Broncos, according to a Friday tweet from Athletic Chiefs writer Nate Taylor. He will not dress at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday.

“I’m not that worried about it,” said Chiefs head coach Andy Ried, who described Hardman’s setback as an “adjustment” with some soreness “in the groin area.” wrote Royals editor-in-chief Jordan Foote in a Friday article.

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Hardman has been on injured reserve with an abdominal problem since before a Week 10 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars after gaining 79 yards and a touchdown on six receptions against the Tennessee Titans the previous week. Hardman played in 54 percent of the team’s offensive snaps and seven special teams snaps, according to Pro Football Reference.

Mecole Hardman gained 297 receiving yards and four touchdowns on 25 receptions this season, catching a season-high 36 yards after Patrick Mahomes threw a backfoot pass against the Las Vegas Raiders last week 5. The Chiefs lead the league in receiving stats. this season with just over 4,700 yards and 37 passing touchdowns. They won 66 passing plays of 20 yards or more and tied with the Philadelphia Eagles and New Orleans Saints with 12 plays of 40 yards or more.

The 24-year-old wide receiver admitted he felt hampered by a heel injury in early October, and Kansas City Chiefs beat reporter Herbie Teope wrote that he felt the injury limited him before he was 100 percent healthy in a October tweet

Ried said there was a “good chance” Hardman could be reactivated in time for Week 16 before sitting out the 24-10 win over the Seattle Seahawks at Arrowhead Stadium.

The Chiefs will kick off against the Broncos at noon CST this Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. The game will be broadcast on CBS.