Chiefs Rule Out Wide Receiver

The Kansas City Chiefs will be missing a key cog in their elite passing attack for their Week 10 matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Wide receiver Mecole Hardman was declared out on the team's final Friday injury report.

Hardman played his most snaps of the year and set season-highs in receptions (6) and receiving yards (79) in the Chiefs' Week 9 20-17 overtime win over the Tennesse Titans, but missed every practice this week with an abdomen injury.

Hardman has been one of the best pass catchers on the Chiefs' top-ranked scoring offense. His 25 receptions rank third on the team, and his six total touchdowns are second to only future Hall of Famer Travis Kelce. His absence will likely mean increased touches to wide receivers Juju Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling.

Hardman initially joined the Chiefs as their 56th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Despite rare speed, he has plateaued as a solid role player, averaging 36.6 receiving yards per game and an impressive 9.5 yards per target in his 57 appearances with the team.

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