Chiefs’ Tyrann Mathieu Expected To Play Sunday

In the build-up to Sunday’s AFC championship game, the Chiefs may have one of their best defenders available. Head coach Andy Reid indicated that safety Tyrann Mathieu could clear concussion protocol in time to play against the Bengals (Twitter link via Chiefs reporter Matt McMullen). 

Mathieu suffered a concussion after playing only seven snaps in the Chiefs’ dramatic win over the Bills last Sunday, which has put his status in doubt for this week. Specifically, Reid said, “we think he’ll be ready to roll in a day or so”, noting that he has practiced despite not clearing the protocol as of yet.

The 29-year-old has played a major role in Kansas City over the past three years, providing not only Pro Bowl-caliber play but also much-needed leadership and communication. His 2021 stats (76 tackles, three fumble recoveries, three interceptions) are par for the course in his career so far, which will make him a highly sought-after free agent this offseason.

Reid was sure to add “we’ll see tomorrow” with regards to Mathieu’s availability. If he weren’t able to suit up, Daniel Sorensen would have a big role to play, alongside fellow starter Juan Thornhill, against a high-powered Bengals’ passing attack.

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