Kansas City Chiefs left guard Joe Thuney, right guard Trey Smith and running back Isiah Pacheco did not practice on Wednesday.
Thuney is viewed as the least likely to play in the AFC Championship at Baltimore on Sunday among the five players held out of practice. He’s dealing with a pectoral injury and isn’t expected to practice this week. Smith was held out due to illness but is day-to-day.
Pacheco (toe) sat out the indoor practice but left no doubt he plans to play in the game. Pacheco led the Chiefs with 205 carries this season and has 186 yards and two touchdowns in Kansas City’s two playoff games this month. He has a touchdown in six consecutive games.
“Absolutely,” Pacheco said when asked if he was confident he’ll play against the Ravens this week. “Working with the training room, just doing a great job in there. Just blessed to be a part of it and continue to get better every day.”
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid confirmed Thuney would not participate in Wednesday’s session due to the injury suffered in Sunday’s 27-24 divisional playoff win against the Buffalo Bills. He wasn’t clear on the outlook of the other two players who weren’t available Wednesday, safety Mike Edwards (concussion) and wide receiver Skyy Moore (knee).
One report indicated Thuney, 31, would be doubtful to play Sunday. He earned his first All-Pro first-team selection this season and was named to his second consecutive Pro Bowl after starting all 17 games in 2023.
The three-time Super Bowl champion has made 129 starts with New England (2016-20) and Kansas City since being drafted in the third round by the Patriots in 2016.
Nick Allegretti replaced Thuney and played 13 offensive snaps in the victory against Buffalo. The 2019 seventh-round pick has appeared in 74 games (13 starts) in five seasons with the Chiefs.