Joe Mays active for Chiefs versus Bills - KCTV5

Joe Mays active for Chiefs versus Bills

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ORCHARD PARK, NY (AP/KCTV5) -

The Kansas City Chiefs have activated linebacker Joe Mays from short-term injured reserve and waived linebacker Jerry Franklin ahead of Sunday's game in Buffalo.

Mays has been on IR since training camp, when he needed surgery on his injured wrist. He returned to practice Oct. 29, at which point the Chiefs had three weeks to activate him.

How much he'll play for the Chiefs (5-3) against the Bills remains to be seen.

Inside linebacker Derrick Johnson is on IR after tearing his Achilles tendon, so Josh Mauga and James-Michael Johnson have been starting. Mauga leads the Chiefs in tackles.

Franklin had been serving as a backup and played primarily on special teams.

Bills rookie receiver Sammy Watkins and running back Fred Jackson are listed as active.

Watkins is the Bills' leading receiver and is playing despite missing two straight practices after hurting his groin Wednesday. Jackson returns ahead of schedule. He was expected to miss four weeks after hurting his groin in a 17-16 win over Minnesota on Oct. 19.

With Watkins playing, receiver Mike Williams is inactive for the second time in four games.

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