Injuries: Chiefs DT Chris Jones (calf) not practicing

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  • By Jelani Scott NFL.com
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With the AFC Championship Game just four days away, the Kansas City Chiefs are tending to a few banged-up players.

Chris Jones is still at the top of that list.

Andy Reid told reporters during his Championship Wednesday press conference that the Chiefs' premier defensive tackle will miss practice due to the same calf injury that forced him to sit out of the Divisional Round against the Houston Texans.

A key piece along K.C.'s D-line, Jones' potential absence against the Tennessee Titans would make the already difficult task of slowing down Derrick Henry even more daunting.

Travis Kelce is dealing with a hamstring injury and knee bruise but practiced Wednesday in a limited capacity. NFL Network's James Palmer added that today would be a slow day for the Chiefs where they install a lot before going full speed on Thursday.

Running back LeSean McCoy (illness) and quarterback Matt Moore (illness) did not practice. Cornerbacks Morris Claiborne (shoulder) and Kendall Fuller (knee) were full participants.

Here is other news we're monitoring around the league:

»  Green Bay Packers right tackle Bryan Bulaga, who was active on Sunday but did not play because of an illness, was a limited participant on Wednesday during a veteran rest day.

Bulaga was joined on the injury report by the following players: receiver Geronimo Allison (illness) didn't practice while linebacker Preston Smith (ankle), defensive lineman Kenny Clark (back) and receiver Allen Lazard (ankle) were limited. Linebacker Blake Martinez (hand) and safety Adrian Amos (chest) were full participants.

» San Francisco 49ers pass rusher Dee Ford (quad/hamstring) and tight end George Kittle (ankle) did not participate in practice on Wednesday, while linebacker Kwon Alexander (pectoral) was limited and running back Tevin Coleman (elbow) and running back Raheem Mostert (calf) were full participants.

» Tennessee Titans receiver Adam Humphries returned to the practice field for the first time since suffering an ankle injury against the Colts on Dec. 1. He missed the last six games, including the Titans' stunning playoff wins over the Patriots and Ravens. Humphries was limited on Wednesday.

Linebacker Jayon Brown, who missed the divisional round game against Baltimore with a shoulder injury, also returned to practice with hopes of being able to play against the Chiefs in the AFC title game. He's started in 15 of 18 games for the Titans. He was also limited.

Starting cornerback Logan Ryan was the only absence at practice as he sat out with an illness.

» Denver Broncos wide receiver Courtland Sutton was added to the AFC Pro Bowl roster Wednesday. Sutton had a standout second season, finishing with 72 receptions for 1,112 yards with six touchdowns. He is replacing Texans wideout DeAndre Hopkins, who will miss the game due to injury.

» Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Joe Haden also was announced as a Pro Bowl addition. He is replacing Ravens CB Marcus Peters. Haden had five interceptions in 2019.

» Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Orlando Brown Jr. is heading to the Pro Bowl in place of injured Raiders tackle Trent Brown. Brown is now the 13th member of the Ravens to be named a Pro Bowler this season.

» Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Melvin Ingram is going to the Pro Bowl in place of fellow defensive end Joey Bosa. This is Ingram's third Pro Bowl nod.

» New Orleans Saints fullback Zach Line announced his retirement via his Instagram account on Wednesday. An undrafted rookie in 2013 who played with the Vikings his first four years, Line, 29, played the past three seasons with the Saints. He'll finish his career with 20 receptions for 161 yards, 36 carries for 114 yards and six total touchdowns.

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As I look back on the last seven seasons in the NFL I cannot help but to feel extremely proud. I have never bragged about my accomplishments, but knowing the odds and ignoring them, and choosing to instead believe in myself, my faith, and the support of my loving wife and family is something I am proud of. The decision to retire is NOT easy, which is true for most competitors. This decision is something I have prayed about and communicated with those that I love. The game of football will never leave me and I hope to share and teach the positive experiences I had along the way in the future. A HUGE thank you to all of my brothers, coaches and staff along the way, I love you guys. A HUGE thank you to the team that gave me my first shot @vikings and to the team that made football fun again @saints . Another HUGE thank you to the WHODAT Nation, there is nothing like it, my family loves you. The game is temporary, but in this business brotherhood and alliances are forever. A special thank you to @mckenzieline none of this was possible without you and I love you.

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»  Seattle Seahawks defense lineman Quinton Jefferson suffered a standard Jones fracture in Sunday's playoff loss and will have surgery with Dr. Robert Anderson, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported, per a source. Pelissero added it's expected to be an eight-week recovery.

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