Chiefs’ Parker Ehinger suffers concussion in practice

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Chiefs Left guard Parker Ehinger left practice Wednesday with a concussion, and three other Chiefs set out practice Wednesday, including running back Spencer Ware and and right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardiff.

Kansas City's Spencer Ware, right, breaks a tackle by San Diego's Manti Te'o during the second half of Sunday afternoon's overtime win over the Chargers, 33-27, at Arrowhead. (Chris Neal/The Topeka Capital-Journal)
Kansas City’s Spencer Ware, right, breaks a tackle by San Diego’s Manti Te’o during the second half of Sunday afternoon’s overtime win over the Chargers, 33-27, at Arrowhead. (Chris Neal/The Topeka Capital-Journal)

Ware suffered a sprained toe against San Diego, but coach Andy Reid did not expect it to keep him from playing Sunday against the Houston Texans.

“He’s going to be alright for the game, just rest him up today,” Reid said.

Duvernay-Tardiff has a high-ankle sprain, Reid said. He appeared to suffer the injury on the final play of the game against the Chargers. The lineman remained on the ground briefly at the end of the game before showing a noticeable limp walking off the field.

“We’ll just have to see exactly how bad that is,” Reid said. “He’s feeling better today, a lot better today than he did yesterday.”

No status report on Ehinger, including how he sustained the injury, was immediately available. The injury throws uncertainty into his availability for Sunday’s game.

Linebacker Sam Barrington also did not practice. The linebacker left the Chargers game with a strained hamstring.

Reid said the Chiefs players listed on last week’s practice reports — linebacker Tamba Hali, cornerback Phillip Gaines and running back Charcandrick West — came through Sunday’s game in good shape. Hali expects to be the only player to be limited going forward.

“We’ll always monitor Tamba,” Reid said. “We’ll always keep an eye on his reps, and rightly so. He’s been doing this for a couple of years, so we’ll make sure we do that.”

Pictures of Alex Smith following Sunday’s game prompted questions about his elbow, which both coach Reid and the quarterback himself dismissed.

“It’s fine,” Smith said about his right elbow. “It’s tackle football. You wake up the next day, and you find you get bruises, you get stuff like that.”

Wednesday’s injury report as released by the Chiefs:


Practice report

Did not participate in practice: T Duane Brown (knee) and ILB Brian Cushing (knee)
Limited participation: G Jeff Allen (knee)
Full participation: FB Jay Prosch (ankle), OLB John Simon (wrist) and DE J.J. Watt (back)


Practice report

Did not participate in practice: RB Spencer Ware (toe), LB Sam Barrington (hamstring) and G Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (ankle)
Limited participation: G Parker Ehinger (concussion), RB Jamaal Charles (knee) and LB Tamba Hali (knee)
Full participation: None

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