Chiefs missing rushing power for key game at New England

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Kansas City Chiefs running back Darrel Williams (31) scores a touchdown against Oakland Raiders safeties Erik Harris (25) and Curtis Riley (35) during the first half of an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

The Kansas City Chiefs will be without two of their leading rushers when they face the New England Patriots in a rematch of last season’s AFC championship game.

Damien Williams is inactive with a rib injury and Darrel Williams was placed on injured reserve Thursday with a hamstring injury.

That leaves rushing duties to LeSean McCoy, Darwin Thompson or Spencer Ware, who signed earlier in the week.

The Chiefs can clinch the AFC West title with a win and Oakland loss to Tennessee.

The Patriots, who can extend their NFL record to 11 consecutive playoff berths with a win, will also be missing a key offensive cog. Center Ted Karras is out with a knee injury. James Ferentz is expected to start in his place.

Pittsburgh running back James Conner (shoulder) is out once again for his team’s game against the Arizona Cardinals.

Conner hasn’t played much since running for 145 yards against the Miami Dolphins on Oct. 28. He tried to return on Nov. 14 against the Browns, running for 10 yards on five carries, but hasn’t played since.

The Steelers are trying to win for the seventh time in eight games. Quarterback Devlin Hodges, who came to the team as a rookie free agent, will be making his third start.