Chiefs, Patriots name inactives for AFC Championship game

Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid yells to fans in the stands to stop throwing snowballs onto the field, during the first half of the team's NFL divisional football playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts in Kansas City, Mo., Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Patriots defensive end Deatrich Wise Jr. and defensive tackle Danny Shelton are inactive for their AFC championship game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Both are a bit of a surprise. Wise has been dealing with an ankle injury but was taken off the report this week, while Shelton is a helpful body when it comes to stopping the run.

The Patriots are choosing instead to go with an extra defensive back.

Chiefs right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif also is inactive. He returned to the active roster from IR this week after missing time with a broken leg. But the Chiefs chose to stick with Andrew Wylie, who has been playing well in a starting role.