The Chiefs received a bit of good news Friday when receiver Jeremy Maclin practiced, albeit on a limited basis.
Maclin, who has been going through the league's concussion protocol, missed practice Wednesday and Thursday but was listed as questionable on Friday's injury report and appears to have a good shot of playing Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“He’s passed everything, we just have to see (Saturday) how he feels,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “He went through practice today and did a nice job with it.”
Another player who suffered a concussion against the Vikings is not so fortunate, however, as defensive end Mike DeVito is out vs. the Steelers. DeVito is still going through the league's concussion protocol.
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“He’s making progress, but hasn’t passed the tests there,” Reid said.
With DeVito out, the Chiefs will rely on Jaye Howard and Allen Bailey — both of whom have shined this year — on the interior. They could also turn to second-year defensive end Nick Williams, who recorded three tackles in a season-high 28 snaps against the Vikings after DeVito went down Sunday.
Nose tackle Dontari Poe, who missed the Vikings game with an ankle injury, could also be available. He was a limited practice participant this week and is listed as questionable.
Other Chiefs listed as questionable are outside linebacker Tamba Hali (knee), who missed practice Friday after being limited on Thursday and inside linebacker Josh Mauga (groin/Achilles), who was limited Friday after being a full participant the previous two days.
Reid indicated that Hali, who is dealing with swelling in his knee, was given Friday’s practice off.
“He worked (Thursday); the swelling stayed out of it pretty good, we just didn’t want (it) to increase here today,” Reid said. “He should be good as we go forward.”
With the uncertain status of Mauga and Ramik Wilson — who missed all three days of practice this week and is listed as doubtful with knee and ankle injuries — the inside linebacker spot next to Derrick Johnson is in a bit of flux.
Outside linebacker Justin Houston (elbow), safety Husain Abdullah (bicep) quarterback Alex Smith (thumb), kicker Cairo Santos (right foot) and tight end Travis Kelce (facial laceration) were all full participants Friday are probable, which means they will almost certainly play.
Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who has missed the Steelers’ last three games while recovering from an MCL sprain and bone bruise, was a limited participant Friday and is listed as questionable on the injury report. If he cannot go, Landry Jones is poised to make his first NFL start, since No. 2 quarterback Michael Vick (hamstring) has already been ruled out.
Two starters will miss the game, including safety Will Allen (ankle) and defensive end Stephon Tuitt (knee).
Other starters on the injury report include cornerbacks William Gay (not injury related) and Antwon Blake (thumb), outside linebacker Jarvis Jones (hip) and inside linebacker Ryan Shazier (shoulder). All four were full participants Friday and are probable, however.
Outside linebacker James Harrison (not injury related) and tight end Matt Spaeth (not injury related) were full participants Friday and are probable, while cornerback Cortez Allen (knee) was limited Friday and is questionable.