Friday update: Chiefs head coach Andy Reid told the media JuJu Smith-Schuster practiced again on Friday and will be available on Sunday against the Rams.
Thursday update: Smith-Schuster is practicing Thursday and seems set to log another full session. At this point, he will just need to be cleared out of the league’s concussion protocol to be active for Sunday’s game.
Wednesday update: Smith-Schuster was able to get in a full practice on Wednesday. That’s a great sign for his availability on Sunday.
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster is expected to be back at practice Wednesday ahead of Week 12 against the Los Angeles Rams. Smith-Schuster missed last week with a concussion he suffered in Week 10 against the Jaguars. The receiver is on the right track to be cleared for Week 12 with a return to practice.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid said LG Joe Thuney (ankle), WR Kadarius Toney (hamstring) will not practice today.— Herbie Teope (@HerbieTeope) November 23, 2022
Reid says WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (concussion) will practice Wednesday, a step closer to getting cleared from the concussion protocol. "He is feeling better," Reid said.
Fantasy football implications for Week 12
The Chiefs have a host of receivers for Patrick Mahomes this year but none have quite clicked like Smith-Schuster in recent weeks. The receiver was establishing himself as the go-to threat outside of Travis Kelce over the last three weeks prior to the concussion. If he does return, he’ll command some targets and give the Chiefs one more big weapon in the passing game. It’ll also open up more opportunities for Kelce underneath. If Smith-Schuster can’t be cleared, Skyy Moore, Jody Fortson, Kadarius Toney and Marquez Valdes-Scantling will be the next options in Kansas City’s offense.