Super Bowl Opening Practice Report: Two of Kansas City’s Top Tacklers Ailing

Three Starting Offensive Linemen Idle at Philadelphia Eagles' Practice on Wednesday

Three Kansas City Pass Catchers Hope to Be Ready for Super Bowl

Practice reports 10 days before the Super Bowl are usually about as helpful as NFL drafts in January. Still, we are here to provide you with the Super Bowl opening practice report.

With the chase for the NFL title down to just the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs, it is time to provide the latest information and follow up on the preliminary NFL injury update.

The good news is that neither starting quarterback is on the list as Philadelphia Eagles Jalen Hurts and Patrick Mahomes of Kansas City Chiefs aren’t exactly healthy, but they won’t be missing the Super Bowl.

When looking at the Super Bowl point spread, the Eagles are holding steady as a one-point favorite with the total set at 51. The majority of the money has been coming in on the Eagles. Keep an eye on practice.

The NFL spreads opened with the Eagles favored by two points and the total was at 49.

Super Bowl 57 will be played in Glendale, Arizona on Jan. 12 with kick off shortly after 6:30 p.m. ET.

Receivers On the Mend

The Kansas City Chiefs did not practice on Wednesday, however, they did provide an estimation that can be used for the Super Bowl opening practice report.

Receivers Mecole Hardman, JuJu Smith-Schuster and Kadarius Toney were listed as “did not practice.” Cornerback L’Jarius Sneed carried the same designation.

Offensive guard Trey Smith and linebacker Willie Gay were limited. That is a lot of star power on the injury report!

Toney and Smith-Schuster have combined for nine catches while being targeted 10 times in the first two NFL playoff games. Smith-Schuster had the most catches and targets during the regular season among Kansas City players not named Travis Kelce.

Sneed was second and Gay third on the Chiefs during the regular NFL season with 108 and 88 tackles. Sneed played four snaps in the AFC championship game while Gay was out there for 26 defensive snaps.

Smith is one of the top interior blockers in the league.

Linemen Idle for Eagles

The Kansas City Chiefs just played a Cincinnati Bengals team missing two starting offensive linemen in the AFC championship game.

Now, when looking at the early Super Bowl opening practice report, they are set to meet another team with injury concerns on the line.

Guard Landon Dickerson (elbow), tackle Lane Johnson (groin) and center Cam Jurgens (hip) did not practice on Wednesday.

There is still a week and a half until the Super Bowl so it is too early to press the panic button.

Johnson is a veteran so it won’t be surprising for him to be held out for many of the sessions leading into the NFL title game. However, young linemen Dickerson and Jurgens could use as much practice time as possible as they prepare to face Chris Jones, one of the top interior defensive linemen in the NFL.

Cornerback Avonte Maddox (toe) and defensive end Robert Quinn (foot) were also held out of practice.

Maddox had 43 tackles during the regular season. He hadn’t played in nearly a month, but was on the field for 19 snaps against San Francisco 49ers in the NFL championship game.

Quinn was limited to six NFL games during the regular season. He did play in both postseason games. He was out there for only six defensive snaps against the 49ers.

Troubling Situation

Toe, ankle and knee injuries are one thing. However, Philadelphia lineman Josh Sills’ situation is a much different story. Sills has been indicted on rape and kidnapping charges and he has been placed on the Commission Exempt List. The organization is aware of the legal matter involving Sills. “We have been in communication with the league office and are in the process of gathering more information.” ~Eagles

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