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Kansas City Chiefs Just Released A Brutal Injury Report For Game vs. Green Bay Packers

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KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - JANUARY 20: Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs reacts after a play in the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots during the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 20, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)

Patrick Mahomes practiced a bit during the week, leading some to believe he might not actually miss a start for the Kansas City Chiefs, as the team prepares to host the surging Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football. This afternoon, the team announced that he will not play.

That is just the start of the injury issues that the team faces this weekend. After the Mahomes news broke, the team announced a wave of other players that will miss the game.

Among the players set to miss the game in addition to Mahomes, are star defensive end Frank Clark, cornerback Kendall Fuller, and left tackle Eric Fisher. It is a rough list of absences for a game against one of the NFL's best teams so far this season.

Of course, losing Mahomes was probably enough to make this a game that some would consider just punting on. NBC can't be thrilled with the status of what it probably saw as one of the highlights of its schedule at the start of the year.

Clark, perhaps the most surprising player out, popped up on Wednesday's injury list with a neck issue. Alex Okafor and Emmanuel Ogbah will likely be tasked with picking up the slack for the star pass rusher.

There is a bit of good news though. Sammy Watkins, who looked explosive in Tyreek Hill's absence earlier this year, is expected to play. He last participated in a game on Oct. 6, missing a few weeks with a hamstring injury. On the year, he has 365 receiving yards and three touchdowns, with 195 of those yards and all three scores coming in the season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Backup quarterback Matt Moore has a very difficult task ahead of him, but at least he'll have a solid compliment of weapons around him.

The Kansas City Chiefs and Green Bay Packers kick off at 8:20 p.m. ET on Sunday night.