Harrison Butker

Kansas City Chiefs
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Doesn't practice Friday

Butker (ankle) didn't practice Friday, Matt McMullen of the Chiefs' official site reports.

Analysis: Butker failed to practice for a second straight day ahead of Week 5 and appears to be trending towards a fourth straight absence due to an ankle sprain he suffered during the season opener. Matt Ammendola, who's now with the Cardinals, replaced Butker during his first two absences, but Matthew Wright got the job in Week 4, connecting on all seven of his kicks (two fields goals and five PATs). If Butker is ruled out for Monday's primetime matchup against the Raiders, Wright figures to be elevated from the practice squad for a second consecutive contest.

Oct 7, 2022 11:39 AM EST


Not practicing again

Butker (ankle) did not practice Thursday, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Butker hasn't played since Week 1 when he suffered a sprained ankle. He was considered a game-time decision in Week 4, so it would seem he is nearing a return. However, his continued absence from practice suggests there's no certainty he'll be ready for Monday's contest with the Raiders. If he is unable to play, Matthew Wright, who made both of his field-goal attempts and all five PATs on Sunday against the Buccaneers, should get the nod once again.

Oct 6, 2022 10:49 AM EST



Ruled out Sunday

Butker (ankle) has been ruled out ahead of Sunday's game against the Buccaneers.

Analysis: The Chiefs will elevate Matthew Wright from the practice squad in Butker's absence. Wright attempted 24 field goals with the Jaguars last season, converting nearly 88 percent of his tries with all three misses coming from 40-plus yards.

Oct 1, 2022 9:41 AM EST


Game-time call for Week 4

Butker (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers.

Analysis: Butker missed practice Thursday and Friday, but coach Andy Reid said the kicker's status will nonetheless come down to a game-time decision, per Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star. Fantasy managers who are hoping for Butker to play for the first time since the season opener should make sure to have room on the roster for potential replacement Matthew Wright, as alternatives will be limited with the Chiefs playing Sunday night.

Sep 30, 2022 12:41 PM EST


Not present at practice Friday

Butker (ankle) was not spotted during Friday's practice, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Butker has been sidelined for back-to-back games due to a sprained left ankle, and while he returned to practice in a limited fashion Wednesday, he's since missed back-to-back sessions. Special teams coordinator Dave Toub suggested Thursday that Butker's status for Sunday's matchup against Tampa Bay would be a real game-time decision, so his availability likely won't be known until closer to Sunday's 8:20 PM ET kickoff.

Sep 30, 2022 10:11 AM EST



Status still in question

Butker (ankle) is still sore, and "it's going to come down right to the end, as to who is going to be up and who is going to be down," according to special teams coordinator, Dave Toub, Nate Taylor of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Butker took the field for practice Wednesday for the first time in well over a week, but he's still a very firm questionable for Sunday's contest with the Buccaneers. His practice status for Thursday will likely help shed some light on his availability for Week 4, although it sounds like a decision may not come until closer to Sunday night. However, if practice-squad kicker Matthew Wright is elevated to the active roster Saturday, it would be a strong sign that Butker will likely sit.

Sep 29, 2022 10:05 AM EST


In line to practice Wednesday

Butker (ankle) is slated to practice Wednesday, Matt McMullen of the Chiefs' official site reports.

Analysis: Butker was unable to practice last week before missing his second straight game, but his return to work Wednesday offers encouragement that he could be able to kick this weekend against the Buccaneers in the absence of any setbacks. If, however, Butker isn't ready for Week 4 action, Matthew Wright is a candidate to be elevated from Kansas City's practice squad.

Sep 28, 2022 10:11 AM EST


Ruled out for Week 3

Butker (ankle) won't play Sunday against the Colts, Adam Teicher of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Butker will miss a second consecutive game as a result of the ankle injury he sustained during Kansas City's season opener. Matt Ammendola filled in for Butker in Week 2 and should continue to do so against Indianapolis. Butker's next chance to play will come in Week 4 against Tampa Bay.

Sep 23, 2022 11:15 AM EST


DNP Thursday

Butker (ankle) will not practice Thursday, Pete Sweeney of ArrowheadPride.com reports.

Analysis: Butker will miss a second-straight day of practice having sat out Wednesday as well. The kicker's status for Week 3 against the Colts remains up in the air, as he appears to be a firm questionable for the contest. If he is unable to play, Matt Ammendola should handle kicking duties once again.

Sep 22, 2022 10:55 AM EST


Still not practicing

Butker (ankle) didn't practice Wednesday, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports.

Analysis: Butker suffered the injury during Kansas City's season opener but was able to return to that game before sitting out Week 2 against the Chargers. Coach Andy Reid said Monday that the Chiefs will take a wait-and-see approach before deciding the kicker's status for Sunday's matchup against the Colts, but if Butker doesn't return to practice in some form this week, Matt Ammendola will likely continue to fill in as the primary place-kicker.

Sep 21, 2022 9:58 AM EST


Coach noncommittal on Week 3 status

Per coach Andy Reid, the Chiefs will take a wait-and-see approach before deciding on Butker's (ankle) status for Sunday's game against the Colts, Matt Derrick of Chiefs Digest reports.

Analysis: Butker suffered the injury in Kansas City's season opener but was able to return to that game before sitting out in Week 2 against the Chargers. If the kicker sits out again in Week 3, Matt Ammendola will continue to fill in against the Colts.

Sep 19, 2022 11:31 AM EST


Won't play Thursday

Butker (ankle) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Chargers.

Analysis: Butker sprained the ankle on his non-kicking leg during KC's season-opening win over the Cardinals this past Sunday. In his absence, the Chiefs are expected to use former Jet Matt Ammendola as their kicker, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. While he lacks Butker's experience or reliability, Ammendola does benefit from being attached to one of the top offenses in football, making him a viable-but-somewhat-risky Week 2 fantasy option.

Sep 14, 2022 11:23 AM EST


Misses practice

Butker (ankle) did not practice Tuesday.

Analysis: Butker came back to play after being carted off the field Sunday, however the 27-year-old is still nursing an ankle sprain that left him unable to handle kickoffs upon his return. He is considered questionable for Sunday and is currently day-to-day. In case Butker is unable to go Thursday against the Chargers, the Chiefs did sign Matt Ammendola to their practice squad Monday, who would likely get the nod.

Sep 13, 2022 2:43 PM EST


Managing left ankle sprain

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid confirmed Tuesday that Butker is dealing with a left ankle sprain and is considered day-to-day as Thursday's game against the Chargers approaches, Nate Taylor of The Athletic reports. "We'll just see how that goes," Reid said of Butker. "He's got some swelling. He's a tough kid."

Analysis: Butker played through the injury in Sunday's 44-21 win over the Cardinals, converting on all four of his extra-point tries in addition to a 54-yard field-goal attempt. Despite his accurate showing in the season opener, Butker still isn't quite 100 percent, as the Chiefs listed him as a non-participant on Monday's estimated practice report. The Chiefs will see how Butker's ankle feels in the next day or two before deciding whether he's ready to go for Thursday's game against the Chargers, or if a replacement kicker will need to be added to the roster for the Week 2 matchup. Kansas City doesn't have a kicker on its practice squad, so the team would have to look outside the organization for help if Butker can't go Week 2.

Sep 13, 2022 11:26 AM EST


Perfect kicking to open 2022

Butker (ankle) converted his only field goal attempt and all four of his extra-point tries during Sunday's 44-21 win versus Arizona.

Analysis: Butker left Sunday's opener with an apparent ankle injury but eventually rejoined the action ad finished out the day. However, he was listed as a DNP on Monday's estimated injury report, so his status should be monitored heading into the short-week tilt versus the Chargers on Thursday.

Sep 13, 2022 10:53 AM EST


DNP on estimated injury report

Butker (ankle) was estimated as a non-participant on Kansas City's injury report Monday, though the team did not formally practice, Matt McMullen of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Butker had to be carted off the field after he suffered an ankle injury on a kickoff during Sunday's season-opening win against the Cardinals. The 27-year-old was able to return for a successful 54-yard field-goal attempt just before the end of the first half, so it appears that this issue did not limit his overall kicking capabilities. If he is available heading into the team's Thursday night matchup against the Chargers, then Butker should reprise place-kicking duties while likely either splitting or relinquishing kickoffs to safety Justin Reid, who stepped in as the team's emergency kicker while Butker was sidelined Sunday.

Sep 12, 2022 2:54 PM EST


Returns to game

Butker (ankle) returned to Sunday's game against the Cardinals late in the second quarter, Tyler Drake of ArizonaSports.com reports.

Analysis: Butker was carted off the field in the first quarter of Sunday's season opener due to an ankle injury, but he made a 54-yard field goal with his ankle taped up shortly before halftime. Although Justin Reid handled most of the kicking duties for Kansas City in the first half, it appears as though Butker will be available for the remainder of the game if needed.

Sep 11, 2022 2:59 PM EST


Carted off field

Butker was carted off the field Sunday against the Cardinals, Tyler Drake of ArizonaSports.com reports.

Analysis: The nature and significance of Butker's injury is still unknown, but being carted off the field would typically signify something significant. With Butker out, safety Justin Reid successfully kicked an extra-point attempt for the Chiefs, and he's also handling kick offs.

Sep 11, 2022 1:54 PM EST


Makes all three kicks Thursday

Butker (ankle) made both extra-point tries and his only field-goal attempt during Thursday's preseason win versus the Packers.

Analysis: Butker missed practice on Aug. 15 due to ankle soreness, but he proceeded to log every kicker rep in the Chiefs' final two exhibitions, exhibiting his health ahead of the regular season. Since Patrick Mahomes became the team's full-time starting quarterback in 2018, Butker has averaged 51.3 made PATs and 27 made FGAs per campaign, which equates to 8.3 points per game.

Aug 25, 2022 8:47 PM EST


Dealing with sore ankle

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said Butker missed Monday's practice due to a sore ankle, Pete Sweeney of ArrowheadPride.com reports.

Analysis: Butker has made at least 89 percent of his field goals in all five of his seasons with Kansas City and is signed through the 2023 campaign. While the issue isn't expected to be serious, the Chiefs may opt to sign an emergency kicker for Saturday's preseason matchup with Washington.

Aug 15, 2022 9:53 AM EST


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