The Kansas City Chiefs are one win away from becoming the first team since the 2019 New England Patriots to make three straight Super Bowl appearances . Aside from all of the preparation for their Sunday opponent – the Cincinnati Bengals – the Chiefs are keeping a close eye on the status of star safety Tyrant Mathieuwho has been in the concussion protocol this week.
There was a welcome sight for Kansas City fans Thursday afternoon, as Mathieu made his return to the practice field for the first time since exiting the team’s AFC divisional-round game against the Buffalo Bills.
Despite not seeing the field on Wednesday, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said that the three-time Pro Bowler was doing well and had a “chance” to play against Cincinnati. Mathieu is coming off another standout season, one in which he led all Kansas City players three interceptions and a career-high three fumble recoveries.
“Honey Badger” also finished third on the squad in tackles with 76 across his 16 contests. Mathieu – who missed Week 1 against the Cleveland Browns having just come off of the reserve / COVID-19 list – has played in at least 10 games in every one of his nine NFL seasons.
The second-seeded Chiefs will host the fourth-seeded Bengals in the AFC Championship game at 3:00 pm ET on Sunday.