Description: Chiefs running back Knile Davis suffered a sprained left knee and fractured fibula in Saturday's playoff game against the Colts, according to Reid Ferrin of kcchiefs.com.
Insight: Jamaal Charles suffered a concussion on the Chiefs' first drive of the game, forcing Kansas City to go to Davis. The rookie put up 100 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns on 25 touches after tallying 81 rushing yards and two scores on 27 carries with Charles resting in Week 17. Davis had an extensive injury history in college, missing all of his junior season due to a broken ankle.
Description: Chiefs wideout Dwayne Bowe never came out of Saturday's game against the Colts but he did suffer a mild foot sprain en route to a season-best eight catches for 130 yards. SOURCE: Reid Ferrin, KCChiefs.com
Insight: If Kansas City had a game scheduled for this week, we're guessing Bowe would have played through the injury. The 29-year-old didn't have an impressive regular season (just 57 grabs for 673 yards) but he certainly came to play in his lone postseason appearance. He'll be a middle of the pack fantasy receiver in 2014.
Description: The concussion Chiefs Pro Bowl halfback Jamaal Charles suffered in Saturday's loss to the Colts is considered minor. SOURCE: Reid Ferrin, KCChiefs.com
Insight: Charles suffered the injury early in the first quarter. Kansas City was forced to use Knile Davis and Dexter McCluster at running back after Charles went down. Charles finished third in the NFL in rushing this year with 1,287 yards on 259 rushes. His 12 rushing scores this season tied him with Seattle's Marshawn Lynch for most in the league.
Description: Kansas City CB Brandon Flowers did indeed suffer a concussion in Saturday's loss to Indianapolis. SOURCE: Reid Ferrin, KCChiefs.com
Insight: Flowers finished with three tackles before exiting in the second half. If his condition improves at all in the next few weeks, he may be able to take part in the Pro Bowl on January 26th. It will be Flowers' first appearance in the game.
Description: Kansas City receiver Dwayne Bowe had a huge game Saturday against the Colts.
Insight: The 29-year-old reeled in eight catches for 150 yards. Both of those were season-highs. Bowe's 63-yard catch in the first quarter was his longest reception of the season. Bowe had his hands on Alex Smith's pass on 4th and 11 late in the fourth quarter but the officials ruled that Bowe's foot was out of bounds when he made the catch. Bowe missed Week 17 because of a concussion.
Description: Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith was terrific in Saturday's loss to Indianapolis. He finished the game with four touchdowns, no picks and 378 passing yards.
Insight: He also picked up 57 yards rushing on eight attempts. The 378 yards through the air were a season-high for Smith, whose lone blemish came on a fumble about midway through the third quarter. According to Elias, Smith is the first QB in NFL history to record at least 4 TD with no interceptions in a loss.
Description: The Chiefs just can't catch a break. Now second-string running back Knile Davis will miss the rest of Saturday's game with a knee injury.
Insight: This is one of the most physical games we've seen in ages and both teams are paying the price. Since Jamaal Charles is already out with a possible concussion, the Chiefs will be forced to use return man Dexter McCluster at running back the rest of the way. Davis recorded exactly 100 yards from scrimmage before exiting.
Description: Jamaal Charles wasn't the only Chief to suffer a concussion on Saturday. Wide receiver Donnie Avery has also been diagnosed with one and will now miss the rest of the game. SOURCE: Albert Breer, NFL.com
Insight: Avery roasted cornerback Greg Toler earlier for a 79-yard touchdown reception. The catch was Avery's lone contribution to this game, though he was targeted unsuccessfully on two other occasions. Dwayne Bowe and Dexter McCluster both figure to see more looks in Avery's absence.
Description: Kansas City will be without star running back Jamaal Charles for the rest of Saturday's game against Indianapolis.
Insight: He's been ruled out with a concussion. It's concerning for the Chiefs' overall playoff outlook but today Charles' absence hasn't affected Kansas City in the slightest. Backup Knile Davis already has two touchdowns on 18 touches and the Chiefs are up 38-10 with about a quarter and a half to go. For now, consider Charles day-to-day.
Description: Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles went to the locker room early in the first quarter during Saturday's playoff game at Indianapolis to be checked for a concussion.
Insight: Charles carried three times for 18 yards on the first drive but was shaken up on the third carry. He was examined on the sideline and then taken to the locker room. Knile Davis, who had 81 yards and two scores on 27 carries with Charles resting in Week 17, will fill in at running back. Charles is Kansas City's most important player and would be a huge loss if he cannot return.
Description: Chiefs wideout Dwayne Bowe (concussion) is probable for Saturday's playoff game at Indianapolis, according to kcchiefs.com.
Insight: Bowe missed the final game of the regular season after catching just 57 passes for 673 yards and five touchdowns the first 15. Running back Jamaal Charles led the team in receiving yards with 693 and receiving touchdowns with seven.
Description: The Chiefs didn't even bother to activate Alex Smith for Week 17.
Insight: Andy Reid has elected to rest his starters ahead of next week's Wild Card game. Smith will finish his first season in Kansas City with 23 TD, 7 INT and an impressive 89.1 quarterback rating. Backup Chase Daniel will draw the start at quarterback.
Description: With Kansas City's playoff fate already decided (they're locked in as the No. 5 seed in the AFC), the Chiefs will sit star running back Jamaal Charles in Week 17. SOURCE: Jay Glazer, Fox Sports
Insight: With nothing to gain from winning and no bye after Week 17, resting Jamaal Charles and Alex Smith is probably in Kansas City's best interest. Knile Davis should get the start at halfback.
Description: Concussed Kansas City wide receiver Dwayne Bowe won't be ready for Sunday's game against San Diego.
Insight: Even if he were healthy, Bowe probably wouldn't have played much. With KC already locked into the No. 5 seed, the Chiefs have nothing to gain from winning this week. Expect most of the Chiefs' starters to play sparingly or not at all in the regular season finale.
Description: Chiefs rookie running back Knile Davis could be in for a heavy workload in Week 17 as Kansas City is expected to rest its stars.
Insight: Jamaal Charles might play a series or two, but as Kansas City is locked in as the fifth seed and has zero to play for, he won't be in there long. Andy Reid has always rested his stars in this situation.
Description: With Kansas City's playoff fate already decided (they're locked in as the No. 5 seed in the AFC), the Chiefs could look to rest their starters in Week 17. SOURCE: Terez Paylor, Kansas City Star
Insight: With nothing to gain from winning and no bye after Week 17, resting Jamaal Charles and Alex Smith would probably be in Kansas City's best interest. For the first time all season, neither player will be a recommended fantasy option in Week 17. Knile Davis would get the start at halfback if Charles sits this one out. Chase Daniel would be the quarterback if Smith takes a breather in Week 17.
Description: Chiefs wideout Dexter McCluster (ankle/infection) is expected to return for Week 16 against Indianapolis, according to a Kansas City Star report.
Insight: McCluster developed an infection in a small cut on his ankle but he didn't have MRSA. McCluster has 46 receptions for 438 yards and a touchdown as well as 631 yards and two TDs on punt returns this season. He's had at least 46 catches in three straight seasons. While not a fantasy-worthy starter he helps the Chiefs special teams.
Description: Chiefs tight end Anthony Fasano (concussion, knee) fully practiced Wednesday, according to Adam Teicher of espn.com.
Insight: Fasano missed the last two games due to a concussion and a knee injury. He caught a touchdown in three straight games before going down and replacement Sean McGrath hauled in one in Week 15. Fasano could have TE2 relevance this week.
Description: Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith dropped 287 yards and five touchdowns on the Raiders in Week 15.
Insight: Smith was helped by a colossal game from Jamaal Charles, who had 195 yards and four TDs through the air. The veteran QB has averaged 21.4 fantasy points per game over his last five games, scoring at least 21 points in four of them.
Description: Kansas City halfback Jamaal Charles only had 20 rushing yards on eight carries Sunday at Oakland and yet he still turned in 51 fantasy points in standard scoring leagues.
Insight: That's because Charles had eight catches for 195 yards, four receiving scores and one rushing TD. The running back already was the highest scoring non-QB coming into the game, and this mammoth effort should put him into the top-five overall.
Description: Chiefs wideout Dexter McCluster (ankle) will miss Sunday's game at Oakland.
Insight: McCluster developed an infection in a small cut on his ankle but he doesn't have MRSA, according to the Associated Press. McCluster has 46 receptions for 438 yards and a touchdown as well as 631 yards and two TDs on punt returns this season. He's had at least 46 catches in three straight seasons.
Description: Chiefs tight end Anthony Fasano (concussion, knee) got in a limited practice Wednesday.
Insight: Fasano missed Week 14 against the Redskins due to a concussion and knee injury. He'll need to pass concussion tests before being fully cleared to play, but he's on the right track. Fasano caught a touchdown in each of his last three games.
Description: Chiefs tight end Anthony Fasano (concussion, knee) will miss Sunday's game against Washington.
Insight: Fasano suffered a concussion and a knee injury while trying to make a diving catch Sunday against the Broncos. He managed to catch a touchdown for a third straight game prior to his injury but will miss his fifth game of the year Sunday. Sean McGrath will start but isn't a fantasy option.
Description: Chiefs tight end Anthony Fasano (concussion, knee) did not practice Wednesday, according to Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star.
Insight: Fasano suffered a concussion and a knee injury while trying to make a diving catch Sunday against the Broncos. He pulled in a touchdown in three straight games but is questionable for Week 14 against Washington.
Description: Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles torched the Chargers for 157 yards (115 rushing, 42 receiving) and two touchdowns Sunday in Kansas City.
Insight: Charles already has a career-high in touchdowns (eight) and should have a chance to reach double-digit scores if he can stay healthy. We'd expect him to have another strong game next week against the Broncos.
Description: Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali will not return to Sunday's game against San Diego. SOURCE: John Clayton, ESPN
Insight: He suffered an ankle injury in the first half and had to be carted off the field. Hali has been a huge contributor for Kansas City this season with nine sacks, four forced fumbles and an interception in his first 11 games.
Description: According to ESPN's Ed Werder, a source said Dwayne Bowe will start for the Chiefs Sunday night against Denver despite his recent marijuana arrest.
Insight: The league will consider disciplining Bowe once the case is resolved. Even against Denver's 30th ranked pass defense, Bowe isn't a worthwhile fantasy option. The 29-year-old has pulled in 33 catches for 369 yards and two touchdowns in nine games this season. He hasn't had more than 67 receiving yards in any game.
Description: ESPN's Ed Werder says he doesn't expect the Chiefs to discipline Dwayne Bowe for his marijuana arrest until the case is resolved.
Insight: Bowe will play Sunday night against the Broncos, but even against Denver's 30th ranked pass defense he isn't a worthwhile fantasy option. The 29-year-old has pulled in 33 catches for 369 yards and two touchdowns in nine games this season. He hasn't had more than 67 receiving yards in any game.
Description: Kansas City receiver Dwayne Bowe (groin) will be active for Sunday's game versus Cleveland. SOURCE: Jason La Canfora, CBS Sports
Insight: Just because Bowe is playing doesn't mean you should start him in fantasy. He's likely to be covered by cornerback Joe Haden, who has already shut down Jordy Nelson, Calvin Johnson, Greg Jennings, Mike Wallace, Torrey Smith and A.J. Green this season. Even if Haden wasn't covering him, Bowe would be a flex option at best.
Description: ESPN's Ed Werder says he gets the "sense" the Chiefs expect receiver Dwayne Bowe (groin) to play in Week 8.
Insight: Bowe has had difficulty separating from cornerbacks even with a healthy groin this season, and with Alex Smith's refusal to force balls in coverage Bowe has caught just 25 passes for 295 yards and two scores in seven games. He hasn't had more than 66 yards in any game this season and shouldn't be started Sunday against the Browns.
Description: Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe (groin) was listed as limited in Thursday's practice and followed that up by missing Friday's session.
Insight: That's not a good sign. Bowe has already been a huge disappointment to fantasy owners with no game over 66 yards and just two scores all season. Beware of putting him your starting lineup for Week 8.
Description: Chiefs tight end Anthony Fasano (ankle, knee) is probable for Sunday's game against the Texans.
Insight: Fasano hasn't played since Week 2 against the Cowboys. Backup Sean McGrath had 13 catches for 149 yards and a touchdown from Weeks 3-5 but didn't have a catch in Week 6. Fasano could be a nice target for Alex Smith, who likes to check the ball down, but we'd hold off on using him until we see how he is deployed Sunday.
Description: After reviewing game film, Sports Illustrated's Greg Bedard says that Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe lacks explosion and cannot beat man coverage anymore.
Insight: "Defenses don't fear him at all," Bedard said. Bowe is having difficulty separating from cornerbacks and ultra-conservative QB Alex Smith is not going to force the ball to him. The 29-year-old Bowe has just 17 catches, 183 yards and two touchdowns in five games this season.
Description: Chiefs tight end Anthony Fasano (ankle, knee) is listed as doubtful for Week 6 against the Raiders.
Insight: Fasano hasn't played since Week 2 against the Cowboys. He's without a timetable for a return. Backup Sean McGrath has 13 catches for 149 yards and a touchdown over the last three games and is a TE2 consideration this week.
Description: Chiefs OLB Justin Houston has been cleared to practice but not play in games, leaving him questionable for Sunday's game against the Raiders, according to Adam Teicher of ESPN.com.
Insight: Houston is dealing with a possible concussion. He leads the Chiefs with 8.5 sacks so his absence would be meaningful, but Kansas City would still be able to get pressure on Terrelle Pryor without him.
Description: Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe has failed to exceed 58 receiving yards in any game this season.
Insight: As we said last week, it's either touchdown or bust for Bowe this season. He didn't catch one Sunday at Tennessee and had four catches for 35 yards on six targets. The 29-year-old is averaging 36.6 receiving yards per game.
Description: Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe was on his way to another disappointing game Sunday until he caught a 34-yard touchdown with 3:06 left in the fourth quarter.
Insight: The Chiefs were up 24-7 at the time but chose to pass the ball and it worked out for Bowe owners. The receiver had just three catches for 24 yards before the touchdown catch. It's clear most of his fantasy value is going to come from touchdowns this year, and that makes him a boom-or-bust player.
Description: Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles only had 65 yards rushing on 18 carries Sunday against the Giants but he came through in the passing game with 62 yards and a touchdown on five catches.
Insight: Charles had 35 catches last season but is on pace for 92 this year. He has 502 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns in four games.
Description: The NFL credited Chiefs OLB Justin Houston with an additional sack from Thursday's game, bringing his season total to 7.5. SOURCE: KC Star
Insight: Houston had 4.5 sacks against the Eagles. The 24-year-old quietly had 10 sacks a season ago for the two-win Chiefs, and he should easily exceed that total this year. Houston also has a forced fumble, two recoveries and three pass defenses already.
Description: Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles wasn't fantastic on Sunday, but given he was dealing with a quad injury, his 55 rushing yards and eight receptions for 48 yards and a score was solid production.
Insight: Charles told the Kansas City Star that he "felt it" (the injury), but that "my job is to go out there and help my team win." He took over the offense on the final drive (eight carries for 47 yards) and kept it away from the Dallas offense. Fantasy owners have to love that attitude.
Description: Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles missed Wednesday's practice, but coach Andy Reid believes he'll be ready for Week 2 versus Dallas.
Insight: Charles suffered a quad injury when he was stepped on and came back for just one more carry before sitting the remainder of a Chiefs blowout win over Jacksonville. Barring a setback he should play. Charles had a combined 100 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown in the season opener.
Description: Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles will be "totally fine" after leaving Sunday's game with a quad injury, a league source tells ProFootballTalk.com.
Insight: Charles suffered the injury when he was stepped on and the Chiefs could afford to play it safe with a big lead. The running back had 77 rushing yards and a touchdown on 16 carries and 23 receiving yards on three catches.
Description: Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles is questionable to return to Sunday's game with a quad injury.
Insight: The Chiefs are leading the Jaguars 21-2 so they can afford to play it safe with Charles, who rushed for 77 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries and caught three passes for 23 yards. Knile Davis will likely play the rest of the game.
Description: Chiefs tight end Tony Moeaki has fractured his shoulder, according to NFL.com.
Insight: After missing 2011 with a torn ACL, Moeaki had a decent comeback year in 2012 (33-453-1). This year he wouldn't have had any fantasy value behind Anthony Fasano and rookie Travis Kelce on the tight end depth chart.
Description: Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles will likely not play another preseason down, according to Mike Florio of Profootballtalk.
Insight: Charles appeared to be walking ok after suffering a foot strain in practice Monday and would play if it was the regular season, but there isn't any reason to risk re-aggravating the problem before the opening kickoff. Fantasy owners will just have to take the team's word that he'll be fine.
Description: According to ESPN.com, Donnie Avery is expected to be the Chiefs No. 2 receiver ahead of Jon Baldwin, who has "failed to show the consistency to be a top-of-the-rotation player."
Insight: Even in an offense that figures to be pass heavy, Avery is unlikely to be more than a bye-week fill-in player in 12-team leagues. He saw 124 targets from Andrew Luck last year with the Colts and caught 60 balls for 781 yards and three scores. We'll see how he adapts to a quarterback like Alex Smith.
Description: Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles was back on the field Wednesday, though not practicing with the team.
Insight: Charles appeared to be walking fine and was seen working out on the side. Beat reporter Dave Skretta reported coach Andy Reid as saying "he could have practiced Wednesday if it was necessary." Fantasy owners can breathe a sigh of relief.
Description: The Chiefs are calling Jamaal Charles' injury a sprained foot. SOURCE: NBC Sports
Insight: It sounds like the Chiefs might have dodged a bullet here. If it's only a sprain, Charles shouldn't be in danger of missing any regular season games. Charles is listed at No. 5 on our site's fantasy running back rankings.
Description: Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles left Monday morning practice on a cart after appearing to injure his left foot in a non-contact incident. X-rays were negative.
Insight: The running back is a lock for 50-plus catches in new coach Andy Reid's offense, and his explosiveness makes him a threat for 2,000 yards from scrimmage ... if he stays healthy. This should be a reminder to add rookie backup Knile Davis in the later rounds of your draft as handcuff insurance for Charles.
Description: According to the Associated Press, new Chiefs coach Andy Reid compared running back Jamaal Charles' ability to catch passes out of the backfield to that of Brian Westbrook and LeSean McCoy, his former running backs with the Eagles.
Insight: Charles' career high for receptions in a season is 45, and most of those were just dumpoffs. The Chiefs have been running designed plays for Charles to catch the ball during training camp. The running back is a lock for 50-plus catches in Reid's offense, and his explosiveness makes him a threat for 2,000 yards from scrimmage.
Description: Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (toe) was back as a full participant in practice Tuesday, according to Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star.
Insight: Charles left Friday's OTA after his right toe was stepped on. His X-rays came back negative. The running back had a career-high 1,509 rushing yards last season, and he's expected to be more involved in the passing game this season.
Description: NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says that the Chiefs are no longer looking to trade offensive tackle Branden Albert.
Insight: The Chiefs almost had a deal in place to trade Albert to Miami but in the end, the Dolphins weren't willing to give away their second round draft pick. Kansas City gave Albert the franchise tag earlier this offseason.
Description: Central Michigan tackle Eric Fisher was taken by the Chiefs as the first overall pick at the 2013 NFL Draft.
Insight: Fisher was expected to go either first or second with Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel also in the mix for the No. 1 selection. Fisher should be able to make an impact right away by using his 6-foot-7 frame to shield quarterback Alex Smith from opposing defenders.
Description: According to ESPN's John Clayton, Miami would be willing to give up the 54th pick in the draft for Chiefs tackle Branden Albert.
Insight: But it doesn't sound like they'd part with the 42nd pick, which is likely what it will take for Kansas City to pull the trigger. The two sides still have another 24 hours to hammer out a deal before the second round of the draft gets underway.