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Chiefs injury report: Branden Albert, Ryan Lilja questionable for Sunday

The two offensive lineman practiced for the first time this week on Friday, but remain questionable for Sunday's game against Oakland.


Friday's practice was good news for Kansas City's offensive line, as tackle Branden Albert and center/guard Ryan Lilja returned after missing the first two sessions of the week.

Albert, who played last week against Cleveland after missing two straight games with a back injury, didn't practice Wednesday or Friday after his injury flared up against the Browns. The left tackle was knocked out of the Nov. 18 game against Cincinnati and has been battling back pain all season. Lilja, meanwhile, has been plagued by a knee injury all year.

Albert and Lilja aren't the only offensive linemen who are banged up. Guard Jon Asamoah was also listed as questionable after putting in a limited practice Friday due to a thumb injury. Asamoah practiced in full on Wednesday and Thursday. Backup guard/center Russ Hochstein, meanwhile, is doubtful for Sunday after missing practice all week with back problems. The Chiefs have had to shuffle players along their offensive line all season because of injury and ineffectiveness.

On the rest of the injury report, safety Abram Elam is doubtful with a quad injury. Five players -- Derrick Johnson, Brandon Flowers, Eric Berry, Cyrus Gray, and Kendrick Lewis -- are all probable. Dwayne Bowe, who suffered a pair of broken ribs last Sunday, was already ruled out earlier this week and is likely headed to injured reserve.