Super Bowl Injury Report: Chiefs Receivers and Eagles Blockers, Among Ailing Stars
Starting Quarterbacks Aren't Healthy, Will be Ready for Super Showdown
Who Will Mahomes be Throwing to On Super Bowl Sunday?
There is still about a week before the Super Bowl injuries report become relevant heading into Super Bowl 57.
Expect to see plenty of “did not practice (rest)” designations moving forward as both teams try to manage the injuries of some key players.
The Super Bowl odds have the Philadelphia Eagles currently listed as a slight favorite.That could change based on the injury updates over the next 10 days.
Keep on reading for more on the NFL injuries and updates of who could be in and who could be out or limited in the Super Bowl.
Quarterbacks Appear Good to Go
At various times in recent weeks there were some major concerns about quarterbacks Jalen Hurts of the Philadelphia Eagles and Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs.
Hurts missed two games due to a shoulder issue. He came back to help the Eagles secure the top seed in the NFC with a win over the New York Giants in the regular-NFL season finale.
In the three NFL games since his return to the field, he ran the ball 29 times. While he did not approach the 15-carry mark that he hit during the regular season, Hurts still got out and used his legs at the appropriate times.
Mahomes injured his ankle in the win over the Jacksonville Jaguars all Mahomes did was throw for 326 yards and two touchdowns in a 23-20 win over Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC championship game even though he was clearly hobbled.
Never did he look more in pain than when he rolled left and had to put most of his weight on his injured ankle as he threw the ball late in the game against the Bengals.
Mahomes will be dealing with a tender ankle against the Eagles. Still, the player listed as the favorite to win the regular-season most valuable player award will be ready to roll at kickoff.
Hurts (+115) and Mahomes (+125) are the favorites in the odds to be named Super Bowl MVP.
It’s What’s Up Front That Counts
The Kansas City Chiefs faced a Cincinnati Bengals team that was without two starters on the offensive line in the AFC championship game. It doesn’t look like there will be a repeat of that scenario for the Super Bowl; however, Philadelphia did see offensive linemen Lane Johnson and Landon Dickerson leave the NFC championship game. Keep an eye on their status when the Super Bowl injury reports start coming out.
Dickerson hyperextended his elbow but he appears to be on track to play. He was limited to 82% of the offensive snaps last week, his lowest total since a week 5 win against Arizona Cardinals.
Johnson is dealing with various injuries. He was questionable heading into the NFC title game and all he did was shut down NFL sack leader Nick Bosa in impressive fashion.
Don’t expect to see much of Johnson on the practice field over the next 10 days. It would take something pretty serious for Johnson to miss this game. Johnson was limited to 81% of the snaps.
Pass Catchers Ailing
There were plenty of questions about the receivers that Mahomes would be throwing to when the season started after the trade of Tyreek Hill to the Miami Dolphins.
However, there are different sorts of questions popping up now when looking at the Super Bowl injury report for the Chiefs with wide receivers Mecole Hardman (pelvis), Juju Smith-Schuster (knee), Kadarius Toney (ankle) and Justin Watson (illness) all questionable.
Smith-Schuster was second only to tight end Travis Kelce with 78 catches and 101 targets during the regular season while Watson led all Kansas City players with 10 least 10 catches with an average of 21 yards per reception.
It is too early to tell which of these players will be active during the Super Bowl. But a week from now there should be a better idea regarding the availability of the outside receivers.
The good news is that after Kelce showed up as questionable on the injury report, there is no such designation at the current time.
Injured Defensive Players On the Mend
When looking at the Eagles on the defensive side of the ball, there shouldn’t be too many injury-related concerns as the days move along.
Defensive end Derek Barnett (ribs), linebacker Shaun Bradley (wrist) and defensive tackle Marlon Tuipulotu (knee) are all on injured reserve and aren’t expected to be back in time for the game.
Cornerback Avonte Maddox did return on a limited basis in the win over San Francisco 49ers as he played 19 defensive snaps in his first action in nearly a month. Keep an eye on the NFL injury report to see what is going on with Maddox.
For the Chiefs, there are concerns about the availability of veteran linebacker Willie Gay and cornerback L’Jarius Sneed.
Gay is dealing with a shoulder injury while Sneed needs to work his way through the concussion protocol to play.
Sneed and Gay finished second and third on the Chiefs in tackles during the regular season. Gay typically played between 60-80% of the defensive snaps. However, he was out there for just 26 snaps in the AFC title tilt.
Sneed played every defensive snap 12 times this season. He managed to be on the field for only four snaps against the Bengals. If they are unable to go, that certainly could impact the Super Bowl lines and especially the total which is currently at 50.
The New Wally Pipp?
Coming into the season, Clyde Edwards-Helaire was expected to be the go-to running back for the Chiefs. Thanks to the emergence of rookie Isiah Pacheco, it barely gets mentioned that Edwards-Helaire hasn’t played since Nov. 20.
There is a chance he can be activated off injured reserve for the Super Bowl so this could be an interesting name to keep an eye on when monitoring Super Bowl injuries.
Time will tell if this will have a similar outcome to when Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig got his career rolling thanks to the incumbent New York Yankees first baseman Wally Pipp taking a day off. However, moving forward it seems likely that Edwards-Helaire’s days of being the featured back in Kansas City could be over.
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