September 8, 2017 / 6:15 AM / 3 months ago

Kansas City Chiefs - PlayerWatch

S Ron Parker is questionable for Thursday night’s season opener against the New England Patriots.

CB Terrance Mitchell expects to play after missing the team’s final three preseason games. Mitchell finished last season as the team’s primary right cornerback.

CB Taurean Nixon signed with the Chiefs’ practice squad. The seventh-round selection for the Broncos in 2015 started training camp with the Jacksonville Jaguars, but was cut Aug. 8.

K Cairo Santos expects to handle full kicking duties for the Chiefs after missing much of the preseason with a right groin injury.

LB Reggie Ragland, acquired via a trade from Buffalo last week, does not expect to play as he continues recovering from an ACL tear in August 2016.

RB Kareem Hunt expects to start in his NFL debut Thursday. Hunt finished his college career as the all-time leading rusher at Toledo, tallying 4,945 rushing yards and averaging 6.3 yards per carry.

QB Patrick Mahomes will enter the season as the team’s No. 2 quarterback. Mahomes took over the role following the team’s first preseason game and never relinquished it.

WR Tyreek Hill hopes to continue his hot streak from the last half of the 2016 season. He led the NFL in total touchdowns with eight after Week 10.

QB Alex Smith has a record of 41-20 as Chiefs quarterback since his arrival in Kansas City in 2013.

LB Justin Houston enters the 2017 season with 60 sacks in 75 career games, and he believes he’s in the best shape entering a season since the 2014 campaign when he picked up 22 sacks.

TE Travis Kelce was limited in practice this week with a calf injury, but expects to play against the Patriots.

LB Derrick Johnson enters the season with 1,191 combined tackles for his career including 945 solo tackles.

DT Bennie Logan plans to make his first start as a Chief Thursday. The team acquired Logan as a free agent from Philadelphia during the offseason.

TE Demetrius Harris could play a critical role in Thursdays’ game against the Patriots.

OL Bryan Witzmann likely makes his first NFL start at left guard for the Chiefs on Thursday night.

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