The Kansas City Chiefs will be grateful for the week off between the conference championship weekend and the Super Bowl.
Not only is star quarterback Patrick Mahomes continuing to recover from a sprained right ankle, three of his top pass-catchers are dealing with injuries of their own.
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said that wide receivers Mecole Hardman, JuJu Smith-Schuster and Kadarius Toney will not participate in the team’s Thursday practice. All three players suffered injuries during Sunday’s win over the Cincinnati Bengals.
“No practice today for Chiefs’ WRs Mecole Hardman Jr. (pelvis), JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) and Kadarius Toney (ankle/hamstring), per Chiefs’ HC Andy Reid,” ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted.
Smith-Schuster led all Chiefs wide receivers during the regular season with 78 catches for 933 yards. Hardman caught 25 passes for 297 yards and scored six touchdowns in just eight games. He missed the final nine games of the regular season plus the team’s postseason opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars with a pelvis injury, then aggravated the injury on Sunday. Toney caught 14 passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns plus rushed for 59 yards and a score after being acquired in a midseason trade from the New York Giants.
The specifications and severity of each player’s injury has not been reported. With Hardman, Toney and Smith-Schuster all sidelined for the final possessions of Sunday’s game — as well as Justin Watson, who was inactive — the Chiefs had to rely on rookie Skyy Moore and the little-used Marcus Kemp down the stretch. Moore has made a total of 26 receptions during his first NFL season while Kemp has caught just five passes in his career.
The good news for Chiefs fans is that the trio still has 10 days to get healthy for the matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles and their league-best pass defense.
The Eagles are currently favored by 1.5 points, according to DraftKings.
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Publish Date:2023-02-03 02:23:52