On Tuesday, Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid would not commit to playing a hero from last year’s Super Bowl win over the Philadelphia Eagles in Sunday’s title match against the San Francisco 49ers. The Chiefs have a few players’ statuses up in the air for the game, including injured star offensive lineman Joe Thuney.
Kadarius Toney has missed several Kansas City Chiefs games
Former first-round pick Kadarius Toney has missed every Chiefs’ game since their victory over the New England Patriots on Dec. 17th. Reid told reporters he would consider benching Toney after the Patriots game. The wide receiver missed games due to knee/ankle injuries up until the AFC Championship Game, when he missed for the birth of his daughter.
Toney claimed not to have an injury when he appeared on Instagram Live before the AFC Championship Game. On Monday, Toney said his comments were directed at Giants fans and were not directed at the Chiefs. However, following Toney’s comments on Instagram Live, Toney’s ankle/knee injuries were not listed on the team’s official injury report.
Andy Reid isn’t sure if Toney will play on Sunday
Toney traveled with the Chiefs to the Super Bowl this weekend. But the Chiefs aren’t sure if he will be active for the Super Bowl. According to Charean Williams with NBC Sports, Reid said Toney might not be “up” to play the 49ers:
Coach Andy Reid was noncommittal about Toney’s status.
“We’ll see. He’s been practicing,” Reid said Tuesday. “We’ll have to see if he’s up.”
Toney has missed six consecutive games, and Reid’s answer made it clear that Toney could be a healthy scratch for the Super Bowl.
Toney will have to prove himself in practice
Toney will have to earn a spot on the active roster for the Super Bowl during practice this week. Toney made two crucial players in the Chiefs Super Bowl victory last year. He caught a touchdown pass and recorded a 65-yard punt return to set up another score.
Toney has the talent to be a great athlete in the NFL. But he needs to figure out how to be mentally strong for the Chiefs.
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