Inside linebackers Rashaan Evans (foot), Jayon Brown (shoulder), and David Long (knee) are all questionable. Given that we haven’t seen a roster move made at this position — Wesley Woodyard and Daren Bates are the only players at the position who are not listed with injuries — I think it’s pretty safe to assume that the Titans feel good about at least two of these guys. Evans and Brown were limited in practice all week while Long got in one full day on Thursday. Again, I’d be pretty shocked if Evans and Long didn’t end up suiting up Sunday. The guy to watch is Jayon Brown and whether or not he is able to be cleared after missing last week’s game.
Cornerback Adoree’ Jackson (foot) also falls in the “very likely to play” section of questionable for me. Jackson has been highly effective the past two weeks after returning from injury. His limited participation is likely more precautionary than anything.
The two other guys besides Brown that I would at least keep an eye on are right tackle Jack Conklin (shoulder) and slot receiver Adam Humphries (ankle). Humphries hasn’t played since Week 13 and Conklin was a new addition to the report in the middle of the week so you never know how substantial an issue that might be. The fact that he was limited both days is encouraging though. Humprhies is at least making the trip to Kansas City so that should be seen as a good sign for his availability as well.
Backup receiver Cody Hollister is also officially questionable with an ankle injury.
My guess is that we see all seven of these guys play on Sunday. With a trip to the Super Bowl on the line, and two weeks to heal if they do advance, there is little reason to be conservative with these guys unless the team doesn’t believe they can be effective on the field.
On the Chiefs side, three players are listed as questionable: backup quarterback Matt Moore (illness), backup running back LeSean McCoy (illness), and most importantly, star defensive tackle Chris Jones (calf). Travis Kelce is officially cleared to go as expected as he continues to deal with IT-band tightness in his knee.
Jones did get some limited work on the practice field today after being held out of work on Wednesday and Thursday. Head coach Andy Reid said that Jones would be re-evaluated on Saturday before determining whether or not he would be able to go on Sunday.
Andy Reid wants to see how Chris Jones feels tomorrow before making a call if he thinks Jones can play Sunday.— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) January 17, 2020
Jones being out — or even limited — would take some teeth out of the Chiefs pass rush. The Pro Bowler was Kansas City’s leading sack artist during the 2019 season.