News: Jenkins (shoulder) was placed on injured reserve by the Chiefs on Friday.
Impact: Jenkins' shoulder injury stemming back to the game against the Bills on Nov. 9. With Donnie Avery (groin) also sidelined, the team brought in Jason Avant to fill the void left at wide receiver. Jenkins will finish the season with nine receptions for 93 yards.
News: Avant will reportedly sign with the Chiefs, Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: Avant was released by the Panthers on Tuesday, which may have been related to his comments about the Panthers' play-calling following the team's loss to the Falcons. He will join a Chiefs team devoid of depth at wide receiver, with Frankie Hammond currently listed as the team's second receiver. Avant will likely need a little time to learn the playbook, but should receive significant playing time once he figures it out.
News: Fasano (knee) caught 2-of-2 targets for 30 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's 24-20 loss to the Raiders.
Impact: After missing Sunday's win over Seattle, Fasano returned to log just two offensive snaps, according to ESPN.com. He quite clearly made the most of his very limited playing time, but the minimal snap count still leaves his role in question. While it's seems likely that Fasano was somewhat limited because of the knee injury, the Chiefs may also like what they're seeing from Travis Kelce in an every-down role.
News: Thomas caught 2-of-6 targets for 15 yards, adding one carry for nine yards, in Thursday's 24-20 loss to the Raiders.
Impact: Thomas finished second on the team in targets, trailing only fellow running back Jamaal Charles, who caught 4-of-7 for 42 yards and a touchdown. According to Arrowhead Pride, Thomas played a season-high offensive 33 snaps, which was at least partially due to the absence of slot receiver Junior Hemingway, who exited in the first half with a concussion. Thomas had an odd night returning punts, as he picked up 15 yards on his first return, lost 12 on his second, and was then replaced by Frankie Hammond, who gained 48 yards on his two returns. Meanwhile, Thomas' lone kick return was a 48-yarder that set the Chiefs up with excellent field position for the game's (unsuccessful) final drive.