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No practice for Jeremy Maclin Tuesday

HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 09: Jeremy Maclin #19 of the Kansas City Chiefs reacts before the AFC Wild Card Playoff game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium on January 9, 2016 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images) Getty Images

Chiefs wide receiver Jeremy Maclin was diagnosed with a high ankle sprain after getting hurt in last Saturday’s rout of the Texans and he’ll start the practice week on the sideline as he tries to get well enough to play against the Patriots this weekend.

Coach Andy Reid said Tuesday that Maclin is making “good progress” a few days after suffering the injury, but that he would not take part in practice along with the rest of the team. Reid also said that he felt comfortable playing Maclin if he can’t practice at all this week, adding that it’s too soon to know if he’s going to have to make that decision come Saturday.

Given Maclin’s importance to the team, it’s not surprising that Reid would leave the door open as long as possible in hopes that Maclin’s ankle is well enough for him to run through it. It’s hardly a safe bet that he’ll be able to do it with a high ankle sprain, though.

Guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, center Mitch Morse and running backs Spencer Ware are also out of practice on the offensive side of the ball. Morse missed the Wild Card round with a concussion and Duvernay-Tardif suffered one during the game. Ware is dealing with a sprained ankle.

Linebackers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston round out the non-participants for Kansas City. Houston returned from a knee injury against the Texans while Hali has frequently been out of practice after breaking his thumb late in the season.

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27 Responses to “No practice for Jeremy Maclin Tuesday”
  1. joetoronto says: Jan 12, 2016 1:40 PM

    No big deal, there’s no one to throw him the ball anyway.:)

  2. cross300 says: Jan 12, 2016 1:43 PM

    I saw Macklin sobbing on the sideline after his injury last week. And now he has a high ankle sprain. Either he has a low threshold for pain or we are receiving a fish story from kc. Hmmm.

    It won’t matter anyway. He will have plenty of time to rest when kc is out of the playoffs in a week. Go pats!!!

  3. lambeauheap says: Jan 12, 2016 1:47 PM

    Tom Brady > Alex Smith

    Gronk > Kelce

    Edelman, Amendola, Lafell > Who is left at WR?

    NE O-line < KC O-line I'd say with all the injuries to NE

    Defense as a whole goes to KC but O vs D is still in favor of NE. KC is a solid team but without Maclin their offense could sputter significantly. I feel like this could be a game won by NE's Defense.

  4. jredshoes says: Jan 12, 2016 1:49 PM

    Doesn’t matter. Little Tommy will have his head on a swivel as they endure another 41-14 thumping like the last time they met the “decimated ” Chiefs

  5. cowboy19 says: Jan 12, 2016 2:00 PM

    says:
    Jan 12, 2016 1:47 PM
    Tom Brady > Alex Smith

    Gronk > Kelce

    Edelman, Amendola, Lafell > Who is left at WR?

    NE O-line < KC O-line I'd say with all the injuries to NE

    Defense as a whole goes to KC but O vs D is still in favor of NE. KC is a solid team but without Maclin their offense could sputter significantly. I feel like this could be a game won by NE's Defense.
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    Edelman coming off the same Injury as Dez. Go luck with that… If I am KC I would him Brady's primary read so he has to cut and run. Maybe give it a nice twist while tackling him just to make sure he is fully recovered

  6. mmack66 says: Jan 12, 2016 2:05 PM

    cross300 says:
    Jan 12, 2016 1:43 PM

    I saw Macklin sobbing on the sideline after his injury last week. And now he has a high ankle sprain. Either he has a low threshold for pain or we are receiving a fish story from kc. Hmmm.
    ———————-

    Maybe he was sobbing because he thought his season might be over.

  7. PATRIOTSDYNASTYLIVES says: Jan 12, 2016 2:09 PM

    smells fishy to me ….my inter Bilichick is kicking in……….crying carted off…..ankle sprain …no practice…he looks good…….Monday after the game he will be in surgery!!! well not really but you get my point…..Reid giving BB a dose of his own medicine………

  8. thun5der says: Jan 12, 2016 2:25 PM

    good luck KC fans. When was your last Super Bowl appearance, 1970? You will be facing Playoff Tom Brady. You know that guy, 9 AFC Title Game appearnces, 6 SB, 4 SB wins, 21-8 postseason. They are also playing it in Foxboro. But hey, you guys have Smith. Good luck with that

  9. patsbrat says: Jan 12, 2016 2:34 PM

    Maclin, Big Ben, Antonio Bryant…

    Wild card round had a number of costly injuries this year.

  10. PATRIOTSDYNASTYLIVES says: Jan 12, 2016 2:34 PM

    good luck KC fans. When was your last Super Bowl appearance, 1970? You will be facing Playoff Tom Brady. You know that guy, 9 AFC Title Game appearnces, 6 SB, 4 SB wins, 21-8 postseason. They are also playing it in Foxboro. But hey, you guys have Smith. Good luck with that

    Dont forget the weather forecast……25-35 with 100 percent chance rain/snow mix……..its coming !!! GAME ON

  11. chieffanforlifehelpme says: Jan 12, 2016 2:39 PM

    I am sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo going to enjoy the salty tears of Cheetah fans Saturday night after the Chiefs take care of their team. Chiefs 23 Cheetahs 13.

  12. eaglesfanalways says: Jan 12, 2016 3:02 PM

    I miss Maclkin here in Philly…was glad he didn’t tear his ACL for a third time, although a high ankle sprain probably rules him out for the rest of the season.

  13. lambeauheap says: Jan 12, 2016 3:30 PM

    Hahaah I know you KC fans aren’t used to being in the playoff conversations but if you think Saturday’s game will look anything like 2014 you’re going to be even more disappointed come Sunday.

  14. jbaxt says: Jan 12, 2016 3:38 PM

    Hmmm, weather issues huh? So KC has the better offensive and defensive line, the better running game, better LB’s and DB’s and a Pats fan thinks the weather is going to help the only upper hand NE has in the QB/TE position?

    Thought process much?

    I hope it’s a great game for those reasonable enough to have just a little respect both teams.

    But to the clown calling out the Chiefs and their supposed inferiority, I hope it’s just like last time they played. When your HOF QB played like Brian Hoyer, with the only difference is your QB got benched.

  15. rjbell4 says: Jan 12, 2016 4:08 PM

    As a Patriots fan, I wish him the best, and hopes he makes a full recovery and is 100% by … Sunday.:)

  16. smasonsmith says: Jan 12, 2016 4:13 PM

    Edelman coming off the same Injury as Dez.
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    Dez went 5/105 with 1 TD seven weeks after his injury.

    Edelman’s had 9 weeks. He’ll be fine unless he re-injures it.

  17. smasonsmith says: Jan 12, 2016 4:37 PM

    Hmmm, weather issues huh? So KC has the better offensive and defensive line, the better running game, better LB’s and DB’s and a Pats fan thinks the weather is going to help the only upper hand NE has in the QB/TE position?
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    Lines, I’ll grant, but not LB nor DBs. Collins and Hightower are among the best LBs in the league and the NE DBs (at FS, SS, and CB1 and CB2) are quite good. Those units were all very effective until literally everyone except Butler and Ryan got hurt.

    On the other hand, film don’t lie: KC’s corners have had problems with quick WRs and don’t switch sides of the field. Furthermore, they’ll likely be alone for much of the game, because everyone doubles Gronk. That means that the DBs will be in man-to-man matchups that TB dictates vs guys that play to their weaknesses. Now sure: if the KC DL beats the NE OL so badly that Brady has two seconds or less to throw, it will be a long day for Brady, but if Brady is given 3 seconds a healthy E-dol-ski, it will be a long day for the KC secondary.

    As for the weather: paradoxically, poor weather has seemed to help NE’s passing attack. Everyone moves a little bit slower in the slop and you can’t change direction as quickly. That means the pass rush slows down, and isn’t as dynamic. It also means that DBs can’t react as quickly to WR’s cuts, or else the DB will slip and fall – giving up a big play.

  18. haleyistheman00 says: Jan 12, 2016 4:49 PM

    Man I’ve never seen so many patriot fans talking trash, you guys must be scared to death! As for maclin being out, if you watched the game the offense didn’t skip a beat and scored more with him out and that was against one of the best defense in the league. As a Chiefs fan I’m pumped and hope they can put up a fight.

  19. tedmurph says: Jan 12, 2016 5:50 PM

    As a fan, I always want to see the other team’s best. No real fan roots for injuries. As for the defending Super Bowl Champions, playing at home, with a week of rest, being ‘scared to death’ of the chiefs…or anyone…sorry, don’t think so. Pats win this game for fun.

  20. smasonsmith says: Jan 12, 2016 6:45 PM

    As for maclin being out, if you watched the game the offense didn’t skip a beat and scored more with him out and that was against one of the best defense in the league.
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    The Texans are not one of the best defenses in the league. I don’t know where this idea comes from. They have Watt and Cushing, but as a unit they were merely above average, at best – and that was with a schedule that included six games against the AFCS – which was woefully bad this year. HOU went 5-1 in those games, so when they were playing out of division games they went 4-6 including 2-2 against the NFCS. They gave up 19.6 PPG this season on that schedule – good for 9th in the league.

    Statistically speaking, NE’s defense is about comparable, except that NE played a tougher schedule and NE was always missing one or two key players along the “spine” from about week 11 on. Those players (Hightower, Collins, Chung, McCourty) will be back and presumable healthy.

    I’m not saying KC’s bad, or that they can’t win on Saturday. I am saying not to read too much into beating a bad (yes… bad) team that NE also beat 27-6 without Edelman.

  21. jbaxt says: Jan 12, 2016 7:53 PM

    The idea of the Texans having a good d comes from league long statistics. Not sure why anyone concludes KCs corners aren’t good against short quick WRs… Based on what?

    KC beat Houston 30-0, without Edelman…

    And speaking of people being back. KC’s defense is succeeding without health. Poe, DJ, Devito, Berry were all coming off of injury early in the season, hence part of the reason they went 1-5. Since then those guys all improved, Sean Smith came off suspension, and Peters is vastly better. Now Hali and Houston are banged up but they still succeed with their backups. If Houston and Hali are just 80% The #1 scoring defense just gets better.

    Guys coming off injury don’t just show up and go 100%. So I don’t see the hugely positive effect from 3-4 NE players coming back and making a big difference.

  22. mauicat1 says: Jan 12, 2016 8:38 PM

    Good God, do Patriot fans never stop being just fans? I’ll take KCs D-line every time vs. the Pats O-line. The Pats finished the season 2 and 4. Chiefs are 10 and 0 and counting. That KC “D” is gonna’ be a jail break. Brady is gonna’ experience a new kind of pain.

  23. jbaxt says: Jan 12, 2016 10:05 PM

    Looks like some drug use might limit a couple NE players. But if the Pats get their way I’m sure it will come about, in March…

  24. ctchiefsfan says: Jan 12, 2016 10:39 PM

    Why do I read so often that the Chiefs are 10-0 recently??? In case anybody knows anything, the Chiefs are 11-0 recently.

  25. kcwolf86 says: Jan 13, 2016 1:07 AM

    smasonsmith:

    Statistically speaking hali and Houston are the best pass rushing lbs in the league over the last 3 years. Abs then there is some guy named Derrick Johnson in the middle. You know the guy who has been to more probowls than the 2 backers that you listed combined, and has been an all pro player before. But sure, go ahead and think your lbs are better.

    And you’d rather have your ss over current all pro and multiple pro bowler Eric berry? And both your corners over the defensive rookie of the year in Marcus Peters? And another top 10-12 corner in Sean smith?

    I’m not saying the chiefs are going to win but you’re giving the pats defense wayyyyy too much credit and failing to give enough to the chiefs. Your offense is better, without question in my opinion, but your defense is no where near as good. Give a little credit where it is due…

  26. smasonsmith says: Jan 13, 2016 3:16 AM

    The idea of the Texans having a good d comes from league long statistics. …

    KC beat Houston 30-0, without Edelman…
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    Which stat? You don’t say.

    I did. They’re 9th in PPG at 19.6. That’s above average but not among the best in the league. They’re something like 5th in yards, but that’s pretty much a useless stat that can be affected by having an offense that gives up TOs or a lousy kicker/ST that gives up field position.

    KC won’t have Edelman? Seriously… what was that supposed to mean? Obviously I’m pointing out that without NE’s reception leader, NE still put 27 on HOU. HOU’s D beats on minnows and is bad against competency. They were lucky to play a school of minnows this year, and it inflated their standing, but make no mistake: KC beat a bad team that picked a bad time to play badly. 4 INTS and a FL? Surely, we can agree that that’s unlikely to happen? Even 2014 week 4 was only 2 INTs and a fumble lost, right? Don’t read into the HOU game, too much.

    On rust and momentum: FWIW, JE could have played three weeks ago. He was limited during practice in weeks 16 and 17 and was held out because the coaching staff valued health more than HFA. Word is he could have gone. Don’t expect rust or read too much into momentum. If BB hadn’t chose to play the end of the roster vs MIA and NYJ, that 2-4 DEC/JAN wouldn’t have been. Seriously: go look at the inactive list for NE during weeks 16 and 17 and tell me BB was truly trying to win those games. You have that luxury when you start the season 10-0.

  27. smasonsmith says: Jan 13, 2016 3:36 AM

    Not sure why anyone concludes KCs corners aren’t good against short quick WRs…
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    To be fair, it’s something I heard a Chief’s fan say on another site. He asked how larger corners do against Edelman, because they should be able to jam him. When told that doesn’t work, because JMD and Brady just adjust the formation to get a clean release, he seemed a bit worried, because he thought they’ve struggled against small quick receivers.

    Here’s my theory, though: they don’t switch sides, and stay rooted to the outside. That lets the offense dictate the matchup. The only reason a coach would allow that to happen is if he considered the alternative (following a man inside to the slot or to the other side) to be worse. It would only really be worse if the players in question lacked the quickness to break either way. This is why I’ve always been skeptical of Sherman’s claim to be the best corner in the league.

    How did NE beat SEA? By getting to the line quickly, getting the matchup Brady wanted, using stacks and motion to avoid the jam, and throwing five-yard outs to the man (Edelman) covered by the nickel corner. SEA never adapted. RS never said, “I got 11.” They kept playing that Cover 3, and Brady chewed up the 4th corner.

    Better show him something new, or else hope that the pass rush gets home…

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