With less than 48 hours to go until kickoff between the Kansas City Chiefs (11-1) and Miami Dolphins (8-4), the defending Super Bowl champs shared their final Week 14 injury report on Friday afternoon — and it came with an unwanted surprise.
According to the team, starting linebacker Damien Wilson, who missed all three practices this week, has been listed as out with a knee injury. However, two-time All-Pro safety Tyrann Mathieu also made an unexpected appearance with a hip injury, resulting in a questionable designation for Sunday’s AFC showdown in South Florida.
Tyrann Mathieu is questionable for Sunday’s game.
Damien Wilson is out.https://t.co/E7qShbyJkk
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) December 11, 2020
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid did not address Mathieu’s ailment during his Friday press conference with reporters, leaving the situation up in the air for the time being. The team will make its final decision on Mathieu prior to kickoff in Miami.
The 28-year-old playmaker has not missed a start since 2016, when he was placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury after 10 games with the Arizona Cardinals. Since then, Mathieu has been a model of consistency, starting 60 consecutive games to date after not completing a full 16-game schedule through his first four seasons in the league.
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Rookie Likely to Start in Place of Damien Wilson
In the case of Wilson, the story is similar. The sixth-year linebacker, who joined the team on a two-year, $5.75 million deal in 2019, has started all 28 games since his arrival in Kansas City. In fact, the former fourth-round pick of the Dallas Cowboys hasn’t missed a single game since entering the league in 2015.
With Wilson slated for some additional rest, Reid did confirm on Friday that rookie linebacker Willie Gay Jr. is in line for additional playing time as a result of the injury.
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid says LB Damien Wilson (knee) didn’t practice today, marking third straight day he didn’t work. Reid adds Willie Gay Jr. the likely next man up for Wilson.
Reid said he expects Tyreek Hill and Clyde Edwards-Helaire to play against the Dolphins.
— Herbie Teope (@HerbieTeope) December 11, 2020
Gay was selected by the Chiefs with the 62nd overall pick back in April’s NFL Draft and has seen action in all 12 games thus far this season, drawing five starts, including last week’s divisional win over the Denver Broncos. While the 22-year-old was drafted earlier than expected due to his physical traits, he is slowly finding his niche on defense and special teams. Gay has posted 25 combined tackles, 2 pass deflections, 1.0 sack and a quarterback hit through Week 13.
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