KC Chiefs’ Rashad Fenton, Lucas Niang return to practice Wednesday, Andy Reid says

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  • Rashad Fenton
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The Chiefs welcomed back a key defensive back ahead of Sunday’s noon home game against the Las Vegas Raiders.

Cornerback Rashad Fenton (knee) was back at practice on Wednesday, as was rookie tackle Lucas Niang, who has missed three straight games with an injury to his ribs.

“They’re going to try it this week and get some work, and we’ll just see how they do,” coach Andy Reid said. “They’re going to practice.”

Fenton, who has appeared in 10 games with six starts this season, suffered the knee injury in Week 11 ahead of the Chiefs’ off-week. He missed all three days of practice last week before being declared inactive in Week 13. Deandre Baker filled Fenton’s role in nickel sub-packages against the Denver Broncos.

Niang put in a limited practice last Wednesday before sitting out the final two days of on-field work. If Niang can’t play Sunday, veteran Andrew Wylie will likely get another start.

The Chiefs later officially designated Fenton and Niang as limited participants in Wednesday’s practice.

Reid said cornerback Chris Lammons would be the only Chiefs player unable practice Wednesday. Lammons suffered a left high-ankle sprain in Sunday night’s home win over the Denver Broncos.

Lammons is a core special teams contributor and standout as one of the Chiefs’ primary gunners in punt formations alongside wide receiver Marcus Kemp. Reid said the team has options, including practice squad cornerback Josh Jackson, to fill in at gunner if Lammons can’t play Sunday afternoon.

“We’ll just see how that role is,” Reid said. “We’ve got some guys. Jackson, you guys know about him. I mean, he can work in there, too, and do some stuff, but we’ve got a variety of guys we can use.”

Jackson, a former 2018 second-round pick with the Green Bay Packers, joined the Chiefs’ practice squad in late October.

The Chiefs listed defensive lineman Chris Jones (calf), safety Juan Thonrhill (glute), cornerback Mike Hughes (calf) and fullback Mike Burton (pectoral) as full participants in Wednesday’s practice.

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