The Cincinnati Bengals (8-7) are on the road in Week 17 to face the Kansas City Chiefs (9-6) as they continue their unlikely quest to make the NFL Playoffs without their franchise quarterback Joe Burrow.
The Bengals have won three of their last four, but are coming off an ugly loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Chiefs have lost three of their last four, and are coming off an equally ugly loss to the Raiders. Both teams are in desperate need of a win, the Bengals more so than the Chiefs.
At practice on Wednesday, the Bengals fans got some good news as second-year cornerback Cam Taylor-Britt not only returned to practice, but he practiced fully. Coming back from IR, he is now in a 21-day practice window with the Bengals before they are forced to make a move with him. Hopefully, that move will come later this week.
Unfortunately, star wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase was on the did not participate list, and it looks as if he could miss his second consecutive game with a shoulder injury, though he did participate in a morning walkthrough.
Cornerback Jalen Davis and defensive end Cam Sample were limited in practice with groin and knee injuries, respectively.
According to Arrowhead Pride’s Pete Sweeney, the Chiefs were without several key players on Wednesday, including running back Isiah Pacheco, who is still in concussion protocol.
The #Chiefs say that CB L'Jarius Sneed (calf), CB Jaylen Watson (illness), RB Isiah Pacheco (concussion), LT Donovan Smith (neck) and WR Kadarius Toney (hip) won't practice on Wednesday ahead of their Week 17 matchup against the Bengals.— Pete Sweeney (@pgsween) December 27, 2023
That wasn’t all, as starting guard Trey Smith (ankle/knee) was limited, so that will be something to monitor.
According to the NFL’s playoff picture website, the Chiefs currently have a 95% chance of making the playoffs. That number drops to 86% if they lose to the Bengals, and goes up to 99% if they win. The Bengals currently have a 25% chance of still playing after Week 18. If they win, that number goes up to 58% if they win, but drops to eight percent if they lose.