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Patrick Mahomes Won't Have 2 Key Weapons vs. Chargers

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes on the field on Sunday.

KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 25: Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) on the sidelines in the second half of an NFL preseason game between the Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs on August 25, 2022 at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes will be without two key offensive weapons on Sunday.

Wide receivers JuJu Smith-Schuster (concussion) and Mecole Hardman (abdomen) will both be inactive for this weekend's game against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Smith-Schuster suffered a concussion on a big hit during last week's win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Hardman was placed on the injured reserve after suffering an injury in Week 9.

Smith-Schuster is Mahomes' No. 1 wide receiver weapon through the first nine games of the season, reeling in 46 catches for 615 yards and two touchdowns and trailing only superstar tight end Travis Kelce.

Hardman has been a huge piece of the Chiefs' offense — both through the air and on the ground. In his last two games, the dynamic athlete collected four total touchdowns (two rushing, two receiving).

With these two starters out, recently-added wide receiver Kadarius Toney will be asked to step up and provide another pass catching option for Mahomes. Marquez Valdes-Scantling will also be asked to shoulder a heavier receiving load.

The Chiefs will face off against the Chargers in a primetime matchup on Sunday night.