Chiefs still without five starters as showdown with Broncos looms closer
Dee Ford missed practice on Wednesday, and it's unknown whether he'll play in Sunday's game against Denver.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Chiefs hope to get at least some of their injured players back for Sunday night's showdown at Denver.
But as of Wednesday, the prognosis for their return was still unsure.
Five starters, including wide receiver Jeremy Maclin (groin), nose tackle Dontari Poe (knee), defensive end Jaye Howard (hip) and linebackers Dee Ford and Derrick Johnson -- both of whom have hamstring injuries -- all didn't practice.
The Chiefs and Broncos are tied for second in the AFC West at 7-3, a game behind Oakland.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid said he thought Johnson's soreness would "be OK by game time."
As for the other starters, a lot is left to be determined.
Ford has started all 10 games for the Chiefs this season, with 32 total tackles and 10 sacks.
Going into the Week 11 matchup against Tampa Bay, he led the league in sacks. He left the game against the Buccaneers without a sack and is tied with Buffalo's Lorenzo Alexander and Seattle's Cliff Avril.
Reid isn't sure if Ford's hamstring strain is an injury that puts him out for the long term, or if it's something he'll bounce back from quickly.
"We're literally taking it day to day," Reid said. "You talk to him and he's upbeat about everything, so we'll just have to see how it goes."
Ford watched practice from the sideline in street clothes.
Maclin has been sidelined with a groin injury since Week 9. He left Kansas City's game against Jacksonville in the first quarter.
Reid said on Wednesday that Maclin is making progress, but didn't give a timetable for his return.
Since Maclin has been out, wide receiver Albert Wilson has started in his place. Wilson caught eight passes for 44 yards in his past two games.