Patrick Mahomes good to go Sunday. Tyreek Hill is not. How the Chiefs will adjust.

Sam Mcdowell, The Kansas City Star on

Published in Football

Receiver Albert Wilson had a career game on a 2017 New Year's Eve afternoon in Denver. Demarcus Robinson, Demetrius Harris and Jehu Chesson factored heavily into that day's blueprint.

Together, they represented Patrick Mahomes' top weapons in his first game as the Chiefs' starting quarterback. The other options stood on the sideline, Kansas City's playoff fate already sealed.

Nearly two years later, that game remains the last time the Chiefs played a full game without Tyreek Hill.

And it's the only time Mahomes has.

That all changes Sunday.

While Mahomes' recovery from an ankle injury will allow him to play in Oakland, Hill will sit. Hill suffered a sternoclavicular joint injury in the first half Sunday, a spot where the clavicle bone meets the sternum, team trainer Rick Burkholder said. Hill stayed overnight in Jacksonville on Sunday but flew home Monday and began his rehab process.

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"I know there's speculation out there about how long he's out, but it's truly a week-to-week injury," Burkholder said.

Mahomes practiced Wednesday with tape on his ankle. He said the ankle felt sore Monday but is "feeling better every single day," after it prompted Mahomes to make a trip to the medical tent during Sunday's win in Jacksonville.

Mahomes will play Sunday during the Chiefs' final trip to Oakland. But he'll do so without his fastest weapon for the first time since assuming the starting role.

That leaves a combination of Robinson, rookie Mecole Hardman and De'Anthony Thomas to play alongside starter Sammy Watkins.


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