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Monday, September 29, 2014

Chiefs Injury Report: Jamaal Charles, Eric Berry, De'Anthony Thomas

By on 9/29/2014 01:00:00 PM

The Kansas City Chiefs can make a statement with a win Monday night over the New England Patriots, but may have to do so while dealing with a few injuries:

Kansas City's final Week 4 injury report has some big names on it, but the Chiefs will likely get some good news heading into the Monday night showdown. Star running back Jamaal Charles is listed as probable and expected to play after missing last week's win over the Miami Dolphins with a high ankle sprain.

Joe McKnight, one of Charles' backups, is out for the season after rupturing his Achilles tendon on Thursday in practice. That marked the third Achilles injury for the Chiefs this season after defensive lineman Mike DeVito and Pro Bowl linebacker Derrick Johnson were lost for the year in Week 1.

Knile Davis has proven himself capable as a backup should Charles' workload be decreased while he fully recovers.

Safety Eric Berry will be out for the second consecutive game with an ankle injury. Kurt Coleman will likely start in place of Berry against a New England passing offense that hasn't clicked on all cylinders yet but is still very dangerous.

Punt return specialist De'Anthony Thomas will be a game-time decision with a lingering hamstring injury. Thomas has been unable to make his NFL debut due to the injury, but will instantly enter as one of the most explosive players in the league.

Linebacker Tamba Hali is also dealing with ankle and knee injuries, but is expected to play. Cornerback Sean Smith should also be able to play through a groin injury.

Rounding out the injury report is defensive tackle Vance Walker, who is probable with a shoulder injury.

The Chiefs sit at 1-2, but turned things around last week with a convincing win over Miami. A win over New England could give Kansas City a boost with a tough schedule coming up.  

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