NFL Injury Report: Is L’Jarius Sneed Playing vs. Ravens? Inside Kansas City Chiefs’ Practice for Sunday’s AFC Championship Game

Published 01/25/2024, 1:22 AM EST

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As the team’s injury report revealed, six Kansas City Chiefs players missed Wednesday’s practice. The team listed 16 players in their injury reports. The notable absentees included safety Mike Edwards, who is dealing with a concussion, receiver Skyy Moore, who is nursing a knee injury, and defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi, who is managing a triceps issue.

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Also, running back Isiah Pacheco is recovering from ankle/toe problems, guard Trey Smith is sidelined due to illness, and guard Joe Thuney is nursing a pectoral concern. In addition to these names, cornerback L’Jarius Sneed was limited in practice due to his lingering calf injury.

L’Jarius Sneed might not be there for the AFC championship game

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Cornerback Sneed was limited in Wednesday’s practice for the Kansas City Chiefs and grappled with a lingering calf injury. The 27-year-old’s participation in the upcoming game against the Ravens remains uncertain. In the event of Sneed’s absence, Jaylen Watson is poised to step into the starting role, which will be a bit anticlimactic for the fans. This is mainly because Sneed is one of the best cornerbacks in the league right now, and his absence would be felt.

Moreover, reports indicate that Sneed sustained his calf injury during the Chiefs’ Week 16 defeat against the Las Vegas Raiders. Despite a momentary exit from the game, he displayed resilience by returning to the field. The lingering nature of Sneed’s calf issue has been a concern since. Yet the cornerback has shown his commitment by participating in Kansas City’s last four games. So, if he can endure this injury again, it’s to be seen.

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However, Sneed’s limited practice means he’s still facing some problems with the injury. So, whether he’ll be present at the game against the Ravens is to be seen. As it turned out, after the last game against the Buffalo Bills, the NFL handed Sneed a random drug test for having a good game despite his injury.

Sneed gets drug tested yet again

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Following the Chiefs’ impactful 27-24 victory over the Buffalo Bills, cornerback L’Jarius Sneed took to social media to disclose that the NFL had subjected him to a “random” drug test. This occurrence is not unfamiliar to Sneed, marking a repeated instance of such testing for the Kansas City player. It’s to be noted that the star cornerback was suffering from a calf injury even during this game.

So, the league became skeptical about his remarkable performance lately. Furthermore, Sneed expressed frustration about this ordeal as he wrote on X, “I’m tired of getting drug tested.” However, in the game against the Bills, it wasn’t even the case that Sneed had a standout performance. The cornerback L’Jarius Sneed registered three total tackles in the game. The modest statistical contribution by Sneed during the game raises questions about the timing and criteria for such tests.

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An extraordinary on-field display didn’t drive it. But the good news is that Sneed’s results haven’t shown any case of substance abuse yet, so he’s good to go. What are your thoughts about this? Tell us in the comments section.

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