Chiefs' Chris Jones against the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game
Jan 20, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Chris Jones (95) reacts during the first half of the AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs arrived for Sunday’s AFC Championship Game with greater optimism as star defensive tackle Chris Jones is now expected to play through a calf injury.

Yahoo Sports’ Terez A. Paylor reported on Sunday morning that Jones was trending towards playing after he turned a corner in his recovery on Saturday. FanSided’s Matt Verderame is now reporting that Kansas City believes Jones will be active.

Even if Jones is on a snap count, his return would be a monumental boost for Kansas City’s defense.

The 25-year-old defensive tackle racked up 20 quarterback hits, nine sacks and eight tackles for loss this season.

Kansas City previously expressed doubt that Jones would be available to play against the Tennessee Titans. Now with the Jones likely set to return, things are going to become much more difficult for Tennessee’s offense.

Matt Johnson
NFL, MLB & college football writer for Sportsnaut. Graduated from San Diego State University with BA in Journalism, 2019. Grew up in Sacramento, now based in Indianapolis. Seen on MSN. Previously: eDraft, The Connection, With the First Pick