Chiefs Suffers a Double Serious Injury Blow Amid Raiders Clash in a crucial Week 12…

The Kansas City Chiefs are set to face the Las Vegas Raiders in a crucial Week 12 matchup, with playoff implications at stake. Despite entering the week after a bye in good health, the team is now dealing with the absence of two key offensive players.

Head coach Andy Reid announced on Friday that wide receiver Mecole Hardman and running back Jerick McKinnon will be sidelined for the upcoming game.

According to Reid, McKinnon is ruled out due to a groin strain, while Hardman is dealing with a thumb sprain.

Hardman’s absence was somewhat expected, given his thumb injury during the previous game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Although he returned to play some offensive snaps, he wasn’t cleared for punt or kickoff returns.

With Hardman not participating in practice throughout the week, his inactivity was anticipated. Reid mentioned the possibility of veteran wideout Richie James being active for the first time since Week 2 as a potential replacement.

McKinnon has been dealing with a groin ailment for several weeks, and this injury has limited his practice participation. The Chiefs have been cautious in managing the workload of the 31-year-old, especially this season. After playing 41% of snaps in Week 8, his playing time decreased to 25% and 30% in the last two games.

The absence of Hardman opens up an opportunity for James, a reliable return man, to rejoin the lineup. Having returned from the injured reserve, James could make a significant impact in Hardman’s absence.

However, the loss of McKinnon is notable, given his involvement in the passing game, being targeted 26 times and ranking third on the team with three receiving touchdowns. Reid mentioned that a short-term replacement plan, potentially involving rookie Deneric Prince, is yet to be finalized.

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