Injuries: Chiefs’ Maclin, Texans’ Clowney out Sunday

By Nick Shook
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Alex Smith will have to look elsewhere in an important contest against Atlanta on Sunday, because he’ll be without his top target.

Jeremy Maclin (groin) has been downgraded to out for the Chiefs‘ game versus the Falcons, the team announced Saturday via Twitter.

Without Maclin in 2016, Smith has been forced to look elsewhere — most notably, Tyreek Hill — and Kansas City’s offense has suffered, even in victory. It was especially evident in Kansas City’s 19-14 win over Jacksonville, but the Jaguars are not the Falcons, so a greater performance sans-Maclin will be necessary for Smith and the Chiefs in order to secure a win.

Kansas City also added cornerback Phillip Gaines (knee) to the injury report as questionable.

Other injury news we’re tracking on Saturday:

1. Texans defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (elbow/wrist) will not travel with the team to Green Bay and has been downgraded to out for Houston’s game against the Packers.

2. Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (concussion) is off of Indianapolis’ injury report. Luck’s favorite target, T.Y. Hilton (back), practiced Saturday but is still listed as questionable for Monday night’s game against the Jets.

3. Packers guard T.J. Lang (foot) and center/guard JC Tretter (knee) have been downgraded to out for their game against the Texans. Cornerback Damarious Randall (groin) has been added to the injury report and is listed as questionable.

4. Steelers kicker Chris Boswell was a late addition to the injury report, listed as questionable with an abdominal injury. Pittsburgh signed Randy Bullock on Saturday for insurance.

5. Bills tight end Charles Clay did not travel with the team to remain for the birth of his child and is listed as questionable for Buffalo’s game against the Oakland Raiders. Buffalo promoted tight end Gerald Christian to the active roster as a result.

6. Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle) was a full participant in practice on Thursday and Friday, but did not participate Saturday and is listed as questionable for their game Monday night. Offensive lineman Breno Giacomini (back/shoulder) was a limited participant all week and is also questionable.

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