The Kansas City Chiefs have won the AFC West title and in doing so, clinched a first-round bye in the NFL postseason.
The break is timely, as now those Chiefs who are injured will be able to heal up before the team's divisional round matchup on Sunday, January 15, at Arrowhead Stadium.
"With the exception of Dadi (Nicolas), I don't think we really had [any injuries] to report," Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said in a conference call early Monday afternoon. "Everything's kind of precautionary stuff and everybody should be back for the next time we play."
Reid said Sunday that pending MRI confirmation Monday, Nicolas ruptured his patellar tendon during the Chiefs' game against the San Diego Chargers.
Safety Eric Berry (tight Achilles) and wide receiver Jeremy Maclin (ankle sprain), who also left Sunday's game early, should presumably be back.
Other Chiefs dealing with injuries who will also benefit from the week off are Justin Houston (knee), who missed the last two games, and Spencer Ware (rib), who was inactive on Sunday.
Reid explained that the Chiefs will be off until next Monday, January 9, when the team will return for a shortened practice, beginning the playoff work week.