FOOTBALL – NFL injury updates, latest league news from Friday, Jan. 28￼
Tyrann Mathieu continues to trend toward playing in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game.
The Kansas City Chiefs safety was a full participant in practice for the second day in a row. While Mathieu remans in the concussion protocol, coach Andy Reid expressed optimism Friday that the Pro Bowler will be cleared against the Bengals. Honey Badger was officially listed as questionable.
“We think he’ll be good to go,” Reid told correspondents.
The Chiefs surely need him. Mathieu’s nonattendance was articulated in the Divisional Round, as Kansas City‘s guard gave up scores – – all through the air – – on four of the Bills’ last six belongings. The veteran star played only seven snaps before his head protector slammed into Jarran Reed‘s knee.
Mathieu, who’s played a vital role in the Chiefs’ Super Bowl runs the past two years, recently earned his third Pro Bowl selection after tallying 76 tackles, three interceptions and three fumble recoveries in the regular season.
Running back Darrel Williams (toe) is also questionable.
Cincinnati Bengals wideout Stanley Morgan (hamstring) and cautious end Cam Cameron Sample (crotch) are dicey for Sunday’s down against the Chiefs. Cautious tackle Josh Tupou (knee) is sketchy.
Los Angeles Rams mentor Sean McVay said left tackle Andrew Whitworth and linebacker Ernest Jones will be all set for Sunday’s NFC Championship Game against the 49ers. Wideout Van Jefferson and wellbeing Taylor Rapp will be sketchy, and hostile lineman Joe Noteboom will be far fetched.
The Atlanta Falcons released offensive lineman Matt Gono. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported it was a mutual decision, as it gives Gono, whose contract was set to expire and who is recovered from shoulder surgery, a headstart on free agency.