The Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins face significant questions with their respective rushing attacks heading into Sunday's game in South Florida. Kansas City's Jamaal Charles suffered a high-ankle sprain during last week's 24-17 loss to AFC West rival Denver while former Bronco Knowshon Moreno is expected to miss four weeks with a dislocated elbow for Miami. Second-year player Knile Davis amassed 111 total yards on 30 touches last week as he spelled the electric Charles, whose availability is in question after he shockingly practiced on a limited basis Thursday.
Coach Andy Reid isn't worried about the expected increased workload of Charles' replacement, noting that, "Nobody spent more time here in the offseason working than Knile Davis." The Dolphins will turn their attention to Lamar Miller, who tweaked his ankle during last week's 29-10 setback to AFC East adversary Buffalo. Miller, who is averaging a career-best 4.8 yards per carry, has practiced this week and is expected to play on Sunday.
TV: 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Dolphins -4. O/U: 42.5
ABOUT THE CHIEFS (0-2): Alex Smith signed a four-year extension worth $68 million prior to the season, but is providing little bang for the buck after two games. The former top overall pick has been intercepted three times and his 63.6 quarterback rating ranks 35th in the league - just behind former Chief Matt Cassel. Kansas City rookie De'Anthony Thomas is slated to make his debut after recovering from a strained hamstring. "Another weapon, another playmaker," Smith said of the speedy Thomas. "The more of those you present to a defense, the harder you are to defend.
ABOUT THE DOLPHINS (1-1): While Smith has met with blemishes, Ryan Tannehill isn't sitting pretty after completing just 49-of-81 passes for 419 yards. "It's better to struggle in September than December," the eighth overall pick of the 2012 draft said. Mike Wallace has grown comfortable during his second season in Miami, reeling in a touchdown reception in each of his first two games and faces a team that has surrendered eight passes of more than 20 yards. Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey is in line to make his season debut after undergoing surgery for a hip injury in June.
1. Miami re-signed RB Daniel Thomas this week after releasing him in August.
2. Kansas City Pro Bowl S Eric Berry missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday with a sprained ankle.
3. The Dolphins have won each of the last three meetings and eight of the last 10.
PREDICTION: Chiefs 23, Dolphins 20
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Key Players to Watch
- IllnessQues Sun | questionable
Tagovailoa is suffering from an unspecified illness, and it remains to be seen if he will be available for Sunday's battle with the Seahawks.
- GroinQues Sun | questionable
Jones sat out the previous game due to a groin injury, and it is unknown if he will be active Sunday versus the Seahawks.
- PectoralQues Sun | questionable
Fejedelem has missed the past three games due to a pectoral injury, and it is unclear if he will make his season debut Sunday against the Seahawks.
- KneeProb Thurs | probable
Howard has a knee injury, but he is expected to play Thursday versus the Jaguars.
- HipProb Thurs | probable
Lawson is nursing a hip injury, but he is likely to be available against the Jaguars on Thursday.
- ConcussionProb Thurs | probable
Roberts missed the last game due to a concussion, but he is likely to be cleared in time for Thursday's contest versus the Jaguars.
- HamstringProb Thurs | probable
Parker is dealing with a hamstring injury, but it is projected that he will suit up against the Jaguars on Thursday.
- SuspensionElig Week 8 | out
Callaway has been handed a fourteen-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. He will be eligible to return Week 8 against the Rams.
Kansas City Chiefs
- StomachQues Sun | questionable
Wylie sat out the previous game due to stomach pain, and it is unclear if he will line up Sunday versus the Patriots.
- HamstringQues Sun | questionable
Okafor has been held out of the past two games due to a minor hamstring strain, and it is uncertain if he will suit up Sunday versus the Patriots.
- GroinQues Sun | questionable
Jones has a groin injury, and it has yet to be established if he will take part in Sunday's matchup with the Patriots.
- Handday-to-day | questionable
Ward sat out the previous game with a fractured left hand, but he is projected to play against the Ravens on Monday.
- GroinProb Mon | probable
Hamilton left the previous game with a groin injury, but it is not expected to affect his status for Monday's contest versus the Ravens.
- AnkleProb Mon | probable
Williams exited the last game with an ankle injury, but he is expected to face the Ravens on Monday.
- IllnessProb Mon | probable
Clark was lifted from the last game due to an illness, but the symptoms will subside in time for Monday's matchup versus the Ravens.
- ConcussionProb Mon | probable
Watkins left the previous game due to a head injury and is going through the league's concussion protocol. It is anticipated that he will be available Monday versus the Ravens.