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Chiefs’ Jeremy Maclin returns to practice Wednesday

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Jeremy Maclin smiled as he returned to the sideline after scoring a touchdown on Sunday. He suffered a hip bruise during the game, but he practiced Wednesday.
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Jeremy Maclin smiled as he returned to the sideline after scoring a touchdown on Sunday. He suffered a hip bruise during the game, but he practiced Wednesday. skeyser@kcstar.com

Chiefs receiver Jeremy Maclin returned to practice Wednesday after suffering a hip bruise in the Chiefs’ 23-17 win over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

Maclin, who was limited, said after the game that “there’s no way” he’d miss the Chiefs’ playoff opener.

Four other Chiefs starters, however, did not practice, as outside linebacker Dee Ford, center Mitch Morse, outisde linebacker Tamba Hali and safety Husain Abdullah all sat.

Ford and Morse both missed practice because they are still undergoing concussion protocol, while Abdullah — who has missed the Chiefs’ last five games — missed practice for noninjury-related reasons. Saturday, Abdullah posted on Instagram that his father had died. Hali played in the Chiefs’ last game and coach Andy Reid recently said the Chiefs wanted to rest Hali’s balky knee.

Outside linebacker Justin Houston and right tackle Jah Reid — two starters who missed the Raiders game Sunday with knee injuries — both practiced for the second straight day. Reid was limited, while Houston was a full participant.

Houston addressed the media Wednesday, which is a sign he’ll play in the Chiefs’ wild-card game against the Texans on Saturday, since the Chiefs typically don’t allow injured players to address the media.

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Jeremy Maclin talked with the media prior to practice on Tuesday in preparation for their playoff game against the Houston Texans.

Kansas City Star Chiefs beat reporter Terez Paylor recapped the day's Chiefs news on Jan. 6 from the team's practice facility. VIDEO BY DAVID EULITT deulitt@kcstar.com

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