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Kansas City Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin expected to play vs. the Steelers in Week 7

The Kansas City Chiefs are expecting their top wide receiver to be on the field against the Pittsburgh Steelers this Sunday.

Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

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The 1-5 Kansas City Chiefs are already without their top offensive play maker in Jamaal Charles, lost for the season after tearing his ACL in his knee, but the team got good news from their top wide receiver Jeremy Maclin in regards to his availability this Sunday vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Maclin was diagnosed with a concussion in the team's most recent loss to the Minnesota Vikings, and will have to clear NFL protocol before able to take the field Sunday. Maclin has yet to practice this week, and will likely have to at least be a limited participant in the team's Friday workout if he is expected to face the Steelers' defense.

Maclin has been the team's top wide receiver throughout 2015, already accounting for 39 catches, 531 yards and a touchdown through the first 6 games of the season. Other than Maclin, there isn't another wide receiver who has over 100 receiving yards on the roster.

The loss of Maclin, compounded with the loss of Charles, would severely cripple a Chiefs' offensive looking to take advantage of a Steelers' defense which has given up a lot of yardage through the air, as Pittsburgh is ranked 23rd in the NFL in terms of yards allowed per game through the air.