RB Jerick McKinnon Active, WR Mecole Hardman Out for Chiefs vs. Jaguars

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Chiefs running back Jerick McKinnon will play Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars despite the team tagging him as questionable for the contest after dealing with a variety of ailments during the past week.

McKinnon was on the team’s injury report Wednesday and Thursday with shoulder and knee issues but was a full participant. He was limited on Friday with a hamstring problem added to his injury list. He will play, however, joining Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Isiah Pacheco and fullback Michael Burton on the active list in the backfield.

Wide receiver Mecole Hardman was ruled out by the team on Friday with a sore abdomen. The Chiefs will roll with five active receivers with Hardman out, a group that includes JuJu Smith-Schuster, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Justin Watson, Skyy Moore and Kadarius Toney.

Head coach Andy Reid indicated Friday that Toney and Moore should expect to pick up the slack with Hardman’s absence. Hardman has averaged 38 snaps per game this season. This is the first game he will miss in his four-year NFL career with Kansas City.

“We did add a couple more (plays) in for Toney, so we’ll just see how that part goes,” Reid said. “Then we’ve got the other guys. Skyy can jump in and play the different spots, we should be OK.”

  • RB Ronald Jones
  • QB Shane Buechele
  • OT Darian Kinnard
  • DE Joshua Kaindoh
  • CB Nazeeh Johnson

The club elevated safety Ugo Amadi from the practice squad for today’s game. Amadi expects to be a contributor on special teams with Marcus Kemp not elevated this weekend. Amadi, who signed with the Chiefs practice squad on Nov. 3, is wearing No. 27. A fourth-round draft pick with Seattle in 2019 has played in 49 NFL games in four seasons including 12 starts with the Seahawks and has played 580 special teams snaps in his career.

Defensive end Frank Clark is serving the final game of his two-game suspension for violation of the league’s personal conduct policy.

During pregame warmups, kicker Harrison Butker tested his range from 57 yards kicking toward the east end goalposts (toward the right side on the field on the broadcast) but left the effort just short. His farthest kick toward the west side was from 49, which was good with plenty of distance. Winds one hour before game-time where 7 miles per hour from the south/southeast.