FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin is active for Saturday’s game against the New England Patriots.
Maclin, who suffered a high-ankle sprain in last weekend’s game against the Houston Texans, did not practice the past week and entered the game designated as questionable.
Starting outside linebackers Justin Houston (knee) and Tamba Hali (thumb, knee) are active against the Patriots.
The Chiefs will also have running back Spencer Ware, who is active with an ankle sprain suffered last weekend against Houston. Ware practiced fully on Friday.
Kansas City’s offensive line is without starting right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and rookie center Mitch Morse, as both were declared out on Friday’s injury report.
Morse sustained a concussion in the season finale and will miss a second straight playoff game, while Duvernay-Tardif suffered a concussion last weekend against the Texans.
Second-year pro Zach Fulton will start in Morse’s place for a second straight playoff game. Right tackle Jah Reid is expected to start in Duvernay-Tardif’s spot.
Offensive linemen Jarrod Pughsley and rookie Daniel Munyer are active and provide depth.
The remaining inactives for the Chiefs are quarterback Aaron Murray, cornerback Marcus Cooper, linebacker Ramik Wilson, defensive lineman David King and defensive lineman Rakeem Nunez-Roches.
The Patriots seven inactives are wide receiver Chris Harper, defensive back Tavon Wilson, linebacker Jonathan Bostic, guard Tre’ Jackson, offensive lineman LaAdrian Waddle, defensive lineman Ishmaa’ily Kitchen and defensive lineman Geneo Grissom.
Herbie Teope is the lead Chiefs beat writer for ChiefsDigest.com and The Topeka Capital-Journal. Use the contact page to reach him or find him on Twitter: @HerbieTeope.