The Super Bowl is this weekend and one factor to consider when wagering on the championship game is which players won’t be on the field when the Kansas City Chiefs meet the Philadelphia Eagles.
The biggest news gearing up for Super Bowl 57 is the status of Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes. We know the 27-year-old played through an ankle injury in their 23-20 win over the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC championship game. On top of that, his go-to sidekick, TE Travis Kelce, has been managing a back injury he sustained in practice a couple of weeks ago. That’s not ideal for the Kansas City offense that led the NFL during the regular season by averaging 29.2 points per game. Though both players are expected to play in the 2023 Super Bowl, the lingering injuries might limit their performance. Likewise, Eagles signal-caller Jalen Hurts missed a couple of games late in the season after suffering a shoulder injury. Hurts also is expected to play.
Indications are Patrick Mahomes came out of Sunday’s game without any major setbacks on the high ankle sprain. Was told he’s in good shape post game.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) January 31, 2023
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Super Bowl Injury Report
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As if the lingering recent injuries of Mahomes and Kelce aren’t enough, the Chiefs had a handful of players exit the AFC championship contest. Among them was LB Willie Gay, who left the game early after tweaking his shoulder while sacking Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow. However, Gay was listed as a full participant for both Wednesday and Thursday’s practices. He has recorded five or more total tackles in all but one of his appearances this season and is a big body who could be a helpful counterattack against Hurts’ mobility – the Philly quarterback’s 763 rushing yards ranked third this season among QBs.
Ahead of Thursday morning’s practice, the Chiefs put L’Jarius Sneed on the injury report with a knee injury listed as the reason. The cornerback also suffered a concussion during the AFC championship game but has since been cleared from that. The 26-year-old recorded 75 solo tackles in the regular season to rank 32nd in the league. As of right now, he is still expected to play on Sunday.
Despite being listed, Smith-Schuster’s availability for the big game doesn’t seem to be a concern, especially with the receiver’s status bettering and him being a full participant at practices. The 26-year-old, who was ruled out during the AFC final after sustaining a knee injury, ranked in the NFL’s top 25 with 933 receiving yards.
#Chiefs QB P. Mahomes (ankle), LB W. Gay (shoulder), RB Jerick McKinnon (ankles), RB Isiah Pacheco (wrist), OG Trey Smith (ankle) & WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) were all listed as full participants in Thursday’s practice, according to the #Chiefs. Per @PFWAwriters pool report.— D. Orlando Ledbetter (@DOrlandoAJC) February 10, 2023
Unlike Kansas City, Philadelphia had only one player leave the field during the NFC final against San Francisco – left guard Landon Dickerson suffered a hyperextended elbow in the fourth quarter. Sources expect him to play in the championship game; he fully practiced on Wednesday before being moved to limited the following day. The Alabama graduate is among the best in the league in run block win rate (88 percent) and pass block win rate (97 percent).
At a quick glance, the Eagles’ injury report might look worrisome. However, 11 of the 14 players are listed as having a rest day. It seems Philadelphia is aiming for a healthy and refreshed squad to storm the field at Super Bowl 57.
Keep coming back to see the Super Bowl status for both teams heading into Friday’s practice and their final game-time decisions.
Super Bowl Inactives FAQ
What are Super Bowl inactives?
Super Bowl inactives are essentially injured players listed for both NFL teams competing in the big game. This year it will be the Kansas City Chiefs kicking off against the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl 57.