KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Patrick Mahomes, who has missed the Chiefs’ last two games with a dislocated right kneecap, is closer to returning to action.
Mahomes put in a full practice Wednesday, according to the official injury report, marking the first time the starting signal-caller has been able to get in a complete workload since suffering the injury in Week 7. He participated on a limited basis the past two weeks before not playing in the past two games.
Wednesday proved a big step after head coach Andy Reid said earlier in the day that Mahomes would get pushed a little more in practice this week.
The Chiefs’ backup, Matt Moore, entered the game in relief and has taken every snap since then. He has completed 64.8% of his passes for 569 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions.
The Chiefs visit the Titans Sunday. They never announced a timetable for Mahomes’ return, but updates about the injury have been positive and Mahomes has participated on a limited basis in pregame warmups, throwing to receivers, before each of the last two games.
Tackle Eric Fisher and defensive end Alex Okafor didn’t practice Wednesday. Defensive end Frank Clark, who has been battling a neck injury, and guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, who has been out with an ankle injury, practiced on a limited basis, as did cornerback Kendall Fuller (thumb).
The Chiefs listed defensive tackle Chris Jones (groin), Chad Henne (ankle), defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi (elbow), defensive tackle Joey Ivie (back) and punter Dustin Colquitt (left thigh) as full participants.
Rams, Cooks cautious with WR’s concussion
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Los Angeles Rams receiver Brandin Cooks won’t play Sunday against Pittsburgh while he seeks further medical help for his second concussion in a month.
Cooks was ruled out by Rams coach Sean McVay on Wednesday in the wake of at least his fifth concussion during his six-year NFL career.
Cooks was hurt Oct. 27 during the Rams’ win over Cincinnati in London, and he has not cleared the NFL’s concussion protocol. He flew to Pittsburgh on Wednesday for the second time since his latest injury to meet with specialists.
Cooks first went into the concussion protocol this season during the Rams’ loss to Seattle on Oct. 3 after a hit from Seahawks safety Tedric Thompson. Cooks returned swiftly from that injury, but McVay says the Rams are being cautious.
Foot sprain may keep Giants’ TE Engram out
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — New York Giants leading receiver Evan Engram has a sprained left foot, and his status for Sunday’s game against the Jets is uncertain.
Wearing a walking boot on his foot, the Giants tight end described his injury Wednesday as a low-grade sprain.
Engram did not join teammates for a jog-through.
Engram, who has 44 catches for 467 yards and three touchdowns, said he has been told he does not have the more severe Lisfranc sprain, which could end a player’s season.
Engram said he was hurt in the third quarter of Monday night’s 37-18 loss to the Cowboys when someone rolled on his foot. He aggravated it in the fourth quarter. His foot was swollen after the game.
Coach Pat Shurmur said center Jon Halapio did not work out Wednesday because of a hamstring injury. If he cannot play Sunday, Spencer Pulley will replace him.
Wide receiver Sterling Shepard also missed the workout. He was in Pittsburgh to have his second concussion of the season re-evaluated. Shepard has missed the last four games, and five overall.
Falcons: Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan was a limited participant in practice Wednesday and it is uncertain if he will start at New Orleans.
A sprained right ankle forced Ryan to miss his first game since 2009, snapping a streak of 163 consecutive starts, when Atlanta lost to Seattle two weeks ago.
If Ryan can’t play, former UVA standout Matt Schaub will make his second straight start. Schaub set a single-game franchise record with 39 completions against the Seahawks and finished with 460 yards passing, one touchdown and one interception.
Cardinals: The Arizona Cardinals have activated offensive lineman Max Garcia from the physically unable to perform list and placed defensive lineman Clinton McDonald on injured reserve. The team also released linebacker Zach Brown.
Cowboys: Police in the Dallas suburb of Frisco say Cowboys defensive lineman Daniel Ross has been arrested on charges of possession of marijuana and unlawful carrying of a weapon.
Frisco police Sgt. Evan Mattei said Ross was arrested Wednesday morning. He didn’t provide further details.
The 26-year-old Ross is on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. He played in 13 games in a backup role last season, recording 14 tackles and one sack.
Dolphins: Miami decided not to add cornerback Cordrea Tankersley to the 53-man roster by Wednesday’s deadline, putting off his comeback from a 2018 ACL injury until next season.
Tankersley missed the second half of last season, and he went on the physically unable to perform list in July. He has been practicing in recent weeks but isn’t fully recovered.
Jets: New York running back Le’Veon Bell is sitting out practice with ankle and knee soreness, but the team is optimistic he will be able to play Sunday against the Giants.
Coach Adam Gase said that an MRI a revealed no structural damage.
Gase says Bell was pressing to practice Wednesday, but the coaches and training staff discouraged that. Bell was inside the Jets’ facility working with trainers while his teammates practiced outside.