Chiefs’ JuJu Smith-Schuster available to play in Week 12; Kadarius Toney ruled out

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Chiefs wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster is set to return in time for Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid announced Friday that Smith-Schuster, who had been dealing with a concussion, put in a good week of practice and is available to play.

“JuJu did a good job, he looked good,” Reid said. “He’ll be available.”

The Chiefs didn’t assign Smith-Schuster a game designation on the official injury report, meaning he can absorb a full workload. The Chiefs’ second-leading receiver suffered the concussion in Week 10 against the Jacksonville Jaguars and didn’t play in Week 11.

While Smith-Schuster returns to action, the Chiefs won’t have wide receiver Kadarius Toney, who has been ruled out with a hamstring injury.

Toney, whom the Chiefs acquired in a bye-week trade with the New York Giants, suffered the injury in Week 11 and didn’t practice the entire week.

“He had it in New York,” Reid said. “He just felt it kind of coming back, so we just said, ‘Listen, let’s not go any further with it and make it more serious.’ So, we backed off on it.”

Without Toney, the Chiefs have Smith-Schuster, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Justin Watson and rookie Skyy Moore available, with Moore likely to assume punt-return duties. The team could also elevate a wide receiver, such as Cornell Powell, from the practice squad to bolster depth and contribute on special teams.

The Chiefs designated left guard Joe Thuney (ankle), safety Juan Thornhill (calf) and cornerback Chris Lammons (concussion) as questionable against the Rams. Thornhill and Lammons didn’t practice Friday.

Thuney returned to a limited practice Friday after not working Wednesday and Thursday.

“He’s working back in there,” Reid said.

If Thuney can’t play Sunday, the Chiefs will likely use backup center/guard Nick Allegretti.

Defensive tackle Chris Jones was excused from Friday’s practice for personal reasons, but Reid said Jones will play Sunday.