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NFL injury updates, latest league news from Wednesday, Jan. 26

Kansas City Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu remains in concussion protocol and his status for Sunday’s AFC Championship Game against the Cincinnati Bengals is still uncertain. But coach Andy Reid said that Mathieu, a key cog in the Chiefs' secondary, is doing well and has a chance to play in what would be his third consecutive AFC title game, according to NFL Network’s James Palmer.

Mathieu exited in the first quarter of Kansas City's thrilling 42-36 overtime win over the Buffalo Bills in the Divisional Round after taking a blow to the helmet from teammate Jarran Reed's knee, and did not return. The Chiefs defense suffered in his absence on what was a big passing night, in a losing effort, for Bills quarterback Josh Allen.

The Chiefs are preparing for another top quarterback in the Bengals' Joe Burrow, making Mathieu's presence all the more important. Per Pro Football Focus, Mathieu is ranked as the No. 38 safety in the NFL this season, but his 75.4 grade in coverage ranked 17th.

Mathieu was the only Chief not to participate in practice on Wednesday. He was named to his fourth Pro Bowl this year after making 76 tackles, three interceptions and three fumble recoveries in the regular season.

Running backs Clyde Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) and Darrel Williams, who didn't play in the Divisional Round, were full participants along with cornerback Rashad Fenton (back), who was also inactive against the Bills, wide receiver Tyreek Hill and defensive lineman Chris Jones.


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