KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Chiefs begin preparations for Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers a little banged up.
Coach Andy Reid said wide receiver Jeremy Maclin (concussion) and defensive end Mike DeVito (concussion) will not practice Wednesday, but he appeared optimistic as both players go through the NFL concussion protocol.
“They’re in the program,” Reid said following Monday’s walkthrough practice, “doing their thing and doing well.”
Reid said outside linebacker Tamba Hali is still dealing with swelling to his knee and will not practice Wednesday. Hali sat out of the final two days of practice leading to Week 6 with the same issue, but was able to play.
Rookie inside linebacker Ramik Wilson, who started the past two games, will not practice while dealing with a knee and ankle injury as a result of getting rolled up on in Week 6, Reid said.
“All of these guys are making progress in the right direction,” Reid said of Maclin, DeVito, Hali and Wilson.
There is good news, however, as inside linebacker Josh Mauga (groin, Achilles) and defensive tackle Dontari Poe (ankle) are expected to return to practice Wednesday afternoon.
“We’ll just see how they do,” Reid said. “They will be out there today.”
Mauga has been out since sustaining a groin injury in Week 4 and Poe did not play in Week 6.
Reid revealed running back Jamaal Charles had surgery Tuesday to repair a torn ACL in his right knee, while cornerback Phillip Gaines underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee the previous week.
Both players were under the care of Dr. James Andrews, and Reid said the reports of the surgeries were “good.”