KC Chiefs release depressing injury report before Super Bowl LVII
By Matt Conner
The Kansas City Chiefs’ first injury report before Super Bowl LVII is not only depressing but it’s also a bit confusing in its wording.
We’re going to admit that we don’t fully understand the way this latest injury report works from the Kansas City Chiefs. That said, it still isn’t exactly inspiring as the team counts down the days to Super Bowl LVII.
The Chiefs didn’t practice on Wednesday and it’s likely they are taking the week off from such activities to give themselves as much rest as possible following the conference championship win over the Cincinnati Bengals. The Chiefs were already dealing with major injury concerns to their best players, but that game only added a half-dozen names to the list going forward.
Without a practice, however, the Chiefs did release an injury report at mid-week like normal and stated that it was an “estimation.” That much we get and it makes sense. Or does it?
“We did not hold practice … these players did not practice.” Yeah, it makes sense and yet it kinda doesn’t. Just needlessly circular.
Anyway, if we’re understanding things right, that’s still not good news, not at all. In a normal practice week, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Kadarius Toney, and Mecole Hardman wouldn’t even be limited in practice. That means three days after the game, every player is still completely sidelined by their respective injuries. The only positive for wide receivers is that Justin Watson would be back from a game missed due to illness.
Other positions would be in trouble as well. The Chiefs rookie corners came up big against the Bengals, but no one wants to move forward without L’Jarius Sneed for a whole game and he was “sitting out” today’s practice estimation. Willie Gay’s shoulder remains an issue as well.
In the trenches, it’s important to also note Trey Smith’s dealing with an ankle problem. Against a team with the most productive defensive line in the NFL this year—with an astonishing 70 sacks—the Chiefs are going to need everyone ready to roll up front.
The Super Bowl is going to be a tough matchup for both teams, but here’s hoping that the next week and a half is enough time for many of these injuries to get much, much better.