Dec 6, 2020; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) runs against Denver Broncos linebacker Malik Reed (59) during the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs’ Hill, Watkins, Edwards-Helaire out vs. Chargers

Kansas City Chiefs wide receivers Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins as well as rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire have been ruled out for this weekend’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Hill (hamstring), Watkins (calf) and Edwards-Helaire (ankle) are nursing injuries for the Chiefs (14-1), who have clinched the top seed in the AFC.

Kansas City coach Andy Reid said earlier in the week that quarterback Chad Henne will start versus the visiting Chargers (6-9). Henne is getting the nod over Patrick Mahomes (rest).

Running back Le’Veon Bell, who has been bothered by an ailing knee, returned to practice on Friday. He is questionable for Sunday’s game.

Hill, 26, has 87 receptions for 1,276 yards with a career-best 15 touchdowns this season.

Watkins, 27, has 37 receptions for 421 yards and two scores in 2020.

Edwards-Helaire, 21, has team-leading totals in carries (181), rushing yards (803) and rushing touchdowns (four) since being selected by Kansas City with the 32nd overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft. He also has 36 catches for 297 yards and a score.

–Field Level Media

Sep 28, 2020; Baltimore, Maryland, USA;  Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins (14) runs after the catch during the first half against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs WR Watkins (hamstring) out vs. Panthers

Kansas City wide receiver Sammy Watkins continues to be bothered by a hamstring injury and will miss his fourth straight game on Sunday, the Chiefs said.

Watkins, 27, hasn’t played since the team’s Week 5 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders. He returned to practice on Wednesday but had been listed as questionable.

In five games this season, Watkins has 21 catches for 222 yards and two touchdowns. He has eight receiving scores in two-plus seasons with the Chiefs and 33 career receiving touchdowns in 81 games with the Chiefs, Los Angeles Rams and Buffalo Bills.

The Chiefs (7-1) host the Carolina Panthers (3-5) on Sunday. The Panthers are expected to have running back Christian McCaffrey on the field for the first time since Week 2, when he sustained an ankle injury.

–Field Level Media

Oct 5, 2020; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins (14) is tackled by New England Patriots defensive back J.C. Jackson (27) during the third quarter of a NFL game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs rule out WR Watkins vs. Bills; put G Osemele on IR

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins and left guard Kelechi Osemele have been ruled out for Monday’s game against the host Buffalo Bills.

Watkins, 27, is nursing a hamstring injury while Osemele tore tendons in both knees during Sunday’s 40-32 loss against the Las Vegas Raiders. Osemele was placed on injured reserve, the team announced Saturday.

In five games this season, Watkins has 21 catches for 222 yards and two touchdowns. He has eight receiving scores in two-plus seasons with the Chiefs and 33 career receiving touchdowns in 81 games with the Chiefs, Los Angeles Rams and Bills.

Osemele, 31, started all five games this season and has made 101 career starts in nine seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, the then-Oakland Raiders, New York Jets and Kansas City.

Mike Remmers, a veteran who made 14 starts for the New York Giants last season, replaced Osemele in last week’s game versus the Raiders.

Offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz (back) is questionable for Monday’s game for the Chiefs (4-1).

Buffalo ruled out tight end Dawson Knox, who is nursing a calf injury. Knox, 23, has six receptions for 93 yards in four games this season.

Cornerback Tre’Davious White (back), linebacker Matt Milano (pectoral), wide receiver John Brown (knee) and guard Quinton Spain (foot) are listed as questionable for the Bills (4-1).

–Field Level Media

Oct 5, 2020; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins (14) is tackled by New England Patriots defensive back J.C. Jackson (27) during the third quarter of a NFL game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Chiefs WR Watkins could miss multiple weeks

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins could miss “a couple weeks” because of a hamstring injury, according to a report Monday from ESPN.

Doctors still are evaluating the severity of the injury, which is expected to cost Watkins the Chiefs’ next two games against the Buffalo Bills and Denver Broncos. The 27-year-old wideout already had been hampered this season by a concussion and neck injury.

In five games this season, Watkins has 21 catches for 222 yards and two touchdowns. He has eight receiving touchdowns in two-plus seasons with the Chiefs and has 33 career receiving touchdowns in 81 games with the Chiefs, Los Angeles Rams and Bills.

The Chiefs are 4-1 to start the season and sit atop the AFC West division with a one-game lead over the Las Vegas Raiders.

Kansas City’s first defeat came Sunday when the Chiefs fell 40-32 to the Raiders. Watkins had two catches Sunday, including an 8-yard TD pass from Patrick Mahomes before he left the game.

–Field Level Media

Feb 2, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins (14) runs the ball during the fourth quarter against the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs WR Watkins questionable to face Ravens

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins was a full participant in practice on Saturday and is listed as questionable to play in the team’s showdown against the Baltimore Ravens.

Watkins is dealing with both a concussion and a neck injury after absorbing a hit to the head from Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Denzel Perryman during Kansas City’s 23-20 overtime victory on Sunday. Perryman was not penalized for the hit.

Watkins, 27, has eight receptions for 93 yards and a touchdown in two games this season for the Chiefs (2-0), who rely on speedy wideout Tyreek Hill, tight end Travis Kelce and others in their potent passing game.

Demarcus Robinson and Mecole Hardman would see additional snaps should Watkins be unable to face the host Ravens (2-0) on Monday.

Watkins has 292 catches for 4,337 yards and 32 touchdowns in 78 career games with the Buffalo Bills (2014-16), Los Angeles Rams (2017) and Chiefs (2018-present). He was selected by the Bills with the fourth overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft.

The Chiefs also listed cornerback Charvarius Ward (hand) and fullback Dorian O’Daniel (knee, ankle) as questionable after both were limited in practice on Saturday.

Defensive end Alex Okafor (hamstring) has been ruled out for Monday night’s contest.

All other players have received no injury designation, including running back Darrel Williams (ankle), defensive end Frank Clark (illness) and safety Juan Thornhill (knee).

–Field Level Media

Feb 2, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Kansas City Chiefs receiver Sammy Watkins (14) runs after a reception against the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs WR Watkins in concussion protocol

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins is in the NFL’s concussion protocol, coach Andy Reid announced Thursday.

Watkins absorbed a hit to the head from Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Denzel Perryman during Kansas City’s 23-20 overtime victory on Sunday. Perryman was not penalized for the hit.

Reid noted Thursday that Watkins is also dealing with a neck issue.

“It’s more neck right now than the other part. He’s working through it,” Reid said.

Watkins, 27, has eight receptions for 93 yards and a touchdown in two games this season for the Chiefs (2-0), who rely on speedy wideout Tyreek Hill, tight end Travis Kelce and others in their potent passing game.

Demarcus Robinson and Mecole Hardman would see additional snaps should Watkins be unable to face the host Baltimore Ravens (2-0) on Monday.

Watkins has 292 catches for 4,337 yards and 32 touchdowns in 78 career games with the Buffalo Bills, Los Angeles Rams and Chiefs. He was selected by the Bills with the fourth overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft.

–Field Level Media