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Chiefs’ Jeremy Maclin has sprained ankle, not torn ACL

Chiefs wide receiver Jeremy Maclin (19) darted in between Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson (25), outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus (59) and inside linebacker Brian Cushing (56) during Saturday's game in Houston. Maclin left the game with a knee injury after this play. The Chiefs beat the Texans 30-0.
Chiefs wide receiver Jeremy Maclin (19) darted in between Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson (25), outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus (59) and inside linebacker Brian Cushing (56) during Saturday's game in Houston. Maclin left the game with a knee injury after this play. The Chiefs beat the Texans 30-0. skeyser@kcstar.com

During the third quarter of the Chiefs’ 30-0 win over the Houston Texans on Saturday, leading receiver Jeremy Maclin left the game after coming down awkwardly on his right knee. Afterward, Chiefs coach Andy Reid said that early indications were that Maclin had a knee strain.

On Sunday, the Chiefs announced that an MRI revealed that Maclin had a sprained ankle, instead.

The announcement came about an hour after Reid addressed the media on Sunday and revealed the first hint that the injury might not be as bad as originally feared.

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid gives an update on receiver Jeremy Maclin, who was injured during Saturday's AFC wildcard game win over Houston.

"Most of his pain is more in the ankle area right now than the knee area," Reid said.

Reid was asked if it’s too early to say whether Maclin would be ruled out for Saturday’s divisional round showdown against the New England Patriots.

"I’d have to see," Reid said. "I mean, I’d be jumping to conclusions or jumping ahead if I say something now."

Reid was also asked if it is promising that Maclin is apparently feeling more pain in his ankle than his knee, which has been surgically repaired twice because ACL tears since 2006. Reid did not bite, only repeating his earlier statement.

"Well, yeah, listen — right now, I’m telling you most of his pain is in his ankle, more than his knee," Reid said. "We just need the docs to look at it. Sometimes at first, (you think) it’s a potential ACL, this and that, because he’s had surgery on that knee. Let me just see what it is and I’ll have a better idea for you."

Reid is scheduled to meet with the media again at 11:40 a.m. Tuesday.

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If Maclin, who led the Chiefs in catches (87), receiving yards (1,088) and receiving touchdowns (eight) this season, can’t play in the Chiefs’ divisional round game against the New England Patriots on Saturday, he’ll likely be replaced by third-round rookie Chris Conley, who caught a 9-yard touchdown pass in the win over the Texans.

For the season, Conley has caught 17 passes for 199 yards and a touchdown.

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