On Saturday, fans of the Kansas City Chiefs learned that the list of players who won't be participating in the AFC Championship game against the Baltimore Ravens was growing a bit more. That's due to the inclusion of wide receiver Kadarius Toney among those designated as "out" before game day.
According to ESPN reporter Adam Schefter, the Chiefs have officially ruled Toney out of Sunday's conference title game at M&T Bank Stadium. Schefter cited both "personal reasons" and the lingering hip injury that's affected his ability to play for quite some time.
The Chiefs wide receiver is dealing with both "personal reasons" and a hip injury.
Toney hasn't played in a game for the Chiefs since December 17, and even with 13 games played, his availability has been limited even when active on game days. The results this season have been abysmal for Toney due to both mental mistakes and physical ailments, with a regular season stat line of only 27 catches for 169 yards and 1 touchdown
Going back to the offseason and general manager Brett Veach's comments that the team viewed Toney as a No. 1 wide receiver, it's been a very disappointing season for all parties involved when it comes to evaluating Toney's role on the roster.
As for others who are also sitting out of the AFC Championship, defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi, wide receiver Skyy Moore, offensive tackle Prince Tega Wanogho, and left guard Joe Thuney are also sitting out the game.
Going forward, it's still possible for Toney to make an impact this postseason if the Chiefs are able to make it beyond the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC title game. The Chiefs haven't yet put Toney on injured reserve despite the fact that he's missed several games, which at least gives them the freedom to activate him at any time.