Phillip Gaines: Kansas City Chiefs place cornerback on injured reserve

Phillip Gaines: Kansas City Chiefs place cornerback on injured reserve

Phillip Gaines: Kansas City Chiefs place cornerback on injured reserve

One of a few players that might hang with the likes of Hill, Jackson has played the second most snaps in the National Football League and could wear down as the game goes on.

Coach Mike Mularkey said Derrick Henry would start in place of Murray, per Jim Wyatt of the team's official website.

Kareem Hunt, the NFL's leading rusher in the regular season, was at practice to reclaim his role as the featured back. Those two embarrassed themselves in recent playoff failures against the Colts, Patriots and Steelers, so if that happens again I'd expect Kansas City to replace the soon-to-be 34-year-old with 2017 No. 10 overall pick Patrick Mahomes II in the offseason.

But at any given moment, Mariota has the ability to make a game-changing play with his arm or legs. Hill has nine catches of 40 or more yards, four touchdowns of 60 or more yards and Kelce has more 20 or more yard catches than any other tight end and the seventh most of any player.

Kansas City has its own injury issues. According to ESPN, the Titans were fourth in the least amount of rushing yards allowed. There will be no DeMarco Murray (knee) and perhaps no Quinton Spain.

Murray has averaged 10.1 FanDuel points on 14.9 touches a game. A more in-depth prediction can be found at NFL.com where the Chiefs are picked to win 26-17 over the Titans. Erik Walden and Logan Ryan will be key leaders for the Titans, both with double-digit playoff appearances and a Super Bowl ring.

Kickoff is set for Saturday at 3:35 p.m. central time.

"This is all the work we've been putting in from Day 1", Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith said during a media session.

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