With Super Bowl 57 drawing closer, fans of both teams are keeping a close eye on the latest injury reports.
While the Chiefs have several players managing injuries, the Eagles are looking very healthy ahead of the biggest game of the season. Philadelphia is expected to have all 22 players who started the Week 1 game against the Lions available for the Super Bowl on Sunday. That’s an noteworthy achievement considering how common injuries are in today’s NFL.
Kansas City, on the other hand, has had several banged-up players for a while. But it’ll take more than a few bumps and bruises to keep players off the field in one of the biggest games of their career.
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Here’s a look at the latest injury updates from both teams as they prepare to face off in the Super Bowl:
Philadelphia Eagles injury updates
- Limited in practice: OT Lane Johnson (groin, rest), C Cam Jurgens (hip, rest), CB Avonte Maddox (toe, rest)
- Full participants: G Landon Dickerson (elbow), DE Robert Quinn (foot)
The Eagles have made it through 19 games (regular season and playoffs) unscathed. All but three players on the roster were full participants in Wednesday’s walkthrough, and all of them were able to take part in some fashion.
Right tackle Lane Johnson has been dealing with a torn adductor in his groin for a few weeks. It will require surgery this offseason, but he played through the injury in both of the team’s games this postseason. There’s nothing to suggest he’ll be sidelined Sunday.
Backup center Cam Jurgens is dealing with a hip injury that has forced him to sit out recent practices, but it’s likely he would be called into action only if starter Jason Kelce goes down.
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Cornerback Avonte Maddox has been dealing with a toe injury since the Eagles’ game against the Cowboys on Christmas Eve. He was in a walking boot as recently as last week, but only as a precaution to keep him as healthy as possible before the big game.
Landon Dickerson hyperextended his right elbow during the NFC championship game against the 49ers, but he is expected to wear an elbow brace and play through it Sunday, per Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
#Eagles LG Landon Dickerson suffered a hyperextension of his right elbow, but an MRI on Monday came back negative and he is expected to play in the Super Bowl, NFL sources said.
He will likely wear a brace on his elbow during practice and in the game.
— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) January 31, 2023
Quinn is continuing his recovery from a knee injury he suffered in December, but he has played in both of Philly’s playoff games and should be good to go against Kansas City.
Kansas City Chiefs injury updates
- Limited practice: WR Kadarius Toney (ankle/hamstring)
- Full participants: LB Willie Gay (shoulder), QB Patrick Mahomes (ankle), RB Jerick McKinnon (ankles), RB Isiah Pacheco (wrist), G Trey Smith (ankle), WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee)
The bad news for the Chiefs is that quite a few of their offensive playmakers showed up on Wednesday’s injury report. The good news is that nearly all of them were full participants in practice.
Patrick Mahomes is the name that will command most of the attention as he continues to recover from a high-ankle sprain suffered in the divisional round against the Jaguars. He still looked good against the Bengals in the AFC championship game, but he hasn’t been operating at 100 percent. That said, KC coach Andy Reid would probably have to physically restrain him to keep him off the field Sunday. Mahomes will be out there doing his thing.
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Jerick McKinnon’s “ankles” issue sounds more ominous than Isiah Pacheco’s wrist injuries, but both running backs were full participants and should be good to go.
JuJu Smith-Schuster has been dealing with knee swelling over the past week, per Reid, but he’s back to practicing in full. Keep an eye on his status as the week goes on to see if he encounters any late setbacks.
Fellow receiver Kadarius Toney is the only Chief who wasn’t a full participant Wednesday because of his ankle and hamstring issues, but he told reporters he will “definitely” play in the big game.
Kadarius Toney told me he’s “definitely” playing on Sunday. He suffered an ankle injury in the AFC championship game.
— Tyler Dragon (@TheTylerDragon) February 7, 2023
Willie Gay suffered a shoulder injury during the third quarter of the AFC championship game and didn’t return. The linebacker’s status as a full participant Wednesday means he should also be good to go barring any setbacks.
Guard Trey Smith remains on the injury report with an ankle issue. He was upgraded from limited to full participant last week, so it appears he’s trending in the right direction. He has played all of the Chiefs’ offensive snaps since Week 6, so expect to see him in the starting lineup Sunday.