Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker ‘still has lot of pain’ as Raiders game nears

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The Chiefs will continue to practice without their starting kicker ahead of Monday night’s game against the Las Vegas Raiders at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium.

Harrison Butker (left-ankle sprain) will not be on the practice field Friday, the Chiefs announced.

Butker also didn’t practice Thursday and has missed the three straight games since suffering the injury in Week 1 at Arizona. He has practiced just once, in a limited session last week, over the past three weeks.

“He still has a lot of pain and he’s got swelling in that ankle,” Chiefs special teams coordinator Dave Toub said Friday. “It was evidently worse than what you think. I mean, everybody heals differently, so it’s just going to take time to get him back.”

The Chiefs planned to practice Saturday before taking Sunday off ahead of Monday’s game. If the sixth-year kicker can’t play against the Raiders, the Chiefs will again turn to Matthew Wright, who made two field goals and converted five extra points while filling in for Butker in Week 4 at Tampa.

“We like Matt. We like the job he did last week,” Toub said. “Now you’ve got to put it together and do it again (if Butker’s unavailable). It’s about consistency all the time.”

The Chiefs also announced that right guard Trey Smith, who was limited in practice Thursday with a pectoral injury, would not practice. But Smith was observed on the field later in the afternoon with his helmet, going through stretching/conditioning and individual position drills, during the portion of practice that was open to the media. Smith hurt his pec against the Bucs last weekend.

The Chiefs said everyone else on the roster would be on the field Friday.

That means wide receivers Mecole Hardman (heel), Skyy Moore (ankle), JuJu Smith-Schuster (quad) and Marquez Valdes-Scantling (abdomen), as well as cornerback L’Jarius Sneed (ankle), defensive end Mike Danna (calf) and tight end Jody Fortson (shoulder), all practiced Friday in some capacity. Those seven players all practiced fully on Thursday, too.

Center Creed Humphrey, who was excused from Thursday’s practice for personal reasons, returned to work Friday.

The Chiefs later listed Smith as limited, meaning he didn’t take a full workload during the practice. Hardman, Smith-Schuster, Valdes-Scantling, Sneed, Danna and Fortson put in a full practice for a second straight day.