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Defensive end Allen Bailey, cornerback Phillip Gaines return to Chiefs practice after concussions

Chiefs cornerback Phillip Gaines (23) suffered his second concussion of the season in practice Dec. 10. He was a limited participant in practice two days later, but did not play Sunday against the Oakland Raiders. He returned to practice on Wednesday.
Chiefs cornerback Phillip Gaines (23) suffered his second concussion of the season in practice Dec. 10. He was a limited participant in practice two days later, but did not play Sunday against the Oakland Raiders. He returned to practice on Wednesday. The Kansas City Star

Two key players who missed the Chiefs’ last game while recovering from concussions might be on track to play this week against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Cornerback Phillip Gaines and defensive end Allen Bailey were full participants in Wednesday’s practice. This marks the first time in two weeks Bailey, who suffered his concussion Nov. 30 against Denver, has practiced.

Gaines, meanwhile, suffered his second concussion of the season in practice Dec. 10. He was a limited participant in practice two days later but did not play Sunday against the Oakland Raiders.

Running back Jamaal Charles (knee/ankle), linebacker Tamba Hali (knee) and linebacker Joe Mays (knee) were limited in practice Wednesday, while receiver Dwayne Bowe (illness), tight end Anthony Fasano (knee) and defensive Jaye Howard (illness/shoulder) did not practice.

Guard Zach Fulton (toe), linebacker Josh Mauga (oblique), cornerback Chris Owens (knee) and cornerback Sean Smith (groin) were full participants.

Steelers injury report

A number of Steelers sat out Wednesday’s practice for non-injury related reasons, including quarterback Ben Roehlisberger, tight end Heath Miller, cornerback William Gay and defensive tackle Steve McLendon.

Meanwhile, safeties Troy Polamalu (knee) and Mike Mitchell (groin) and tight end Matt Spaeth (elbow) sat out because of their respective injuries, while center Maurkice Pouncey (ankle) and cornerback Ivan “Ike” Taylor (shoulder/forearm) were limited.

Tackle Marcus Gilbert (ankle) and linebacker James Harrison (knee) were full participants.

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