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Four Chiefs starters miss practice Wednesday; Ben Grubbs ruled out

Chiefs guard Ben Grubbs (center) won’t play once again against San Diego on Sunday.
Chiefs guard Ben Grubbs (center) won’t play once again against San Diego on Sunday. deulitt@kcstar.com

Four Chiefs starters missed practice Wednesday as guard Ben Grubbs (neck), outside linebacker Tamba Hali (knee), defensive end Allen Bailey (calf) and cornerback Sean Smith (knee) all sat out.

Grubbs, who has missed the Chiefs’ last two games because of a neck injury, has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the San Diego Chargers.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid was asked Wednesday if Grubbs, who was acquired this offseason for a fifth-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, is expected to return this season.

“Well, we don’t (know), but he is making progress and that’s a good thing as far as soreness or any of that,” Reid said. “It’s headed in that positive direction, but inevitably it will come back down to an MRI and that type of thing to make sure everything is OK.”

Hali, who is dealing with lingering knee soreness, has been given Wednesday off before the Chiefs’ last three games.

“Just keeping kind of the same schedule he’s had here,” Reid said.

Smith suffered a knee contusion in the Chiefs’ 29-13 win over the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

“That’s a day-to-day situation, and we’ll just see how he is” Thursday, Reid said.

Bailey missed the Chiefs’ win over the Broncos because of a calf injury he suffered last week.

Safety Tyvon Branch left the Broncos game because of a foot injury, but Reid said he cleared his MRI. Branch practiced Wednesday in a limited fashion, along with inside linebacker Ramik Wilson (ankle).

Chargers injuries

Receiver Malcom Floyd (shoulder) and tight end Ladarius Green (ankle), two contributors to the Chargers’ offense, did not practice.

Guard D.J. Fluker (illness), guard Orlando Franklin (knee), tight end Antonio Gates (knee), defensive tackle Corey Liuget (foot) and inside linebacker Manti Te’o (ankle) all practiced in a limited fashion. All are starters.

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