Which players are out for Super Bowl 57, and who is questionable? Find out in our updated Super Bowl injury report.
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Both teams have arrived at the site, where the focus will turn to media interviews in the coming days. However, bettors looking for an edge will want to keep one eye firmly on the practice field and injury report.
The Eagles and Chiefs will both be playing their 20th games of the season. And both teams have accumulated some bumps and bruises along the way. The status of key players could determine who takes home the Vince Lombardi Trophy on Sunday night.
Players Out for Super Bowl LVII
As of right now, not a single player on either 53-man roster is declared out of Super Bowl LVII. This a remarkable accomplishment after a long NFL season, and at least part of the reason Philadelphia and Kansas City have reached this stage.
The respective conference championship games showed the importance of health and depth. The San Francisco 49ers had nowhere to turn after Brock Purdy’s elbow injury in the NFC, while a healthier offensive line may have made the difference for the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC.
Players Doubtful for Super Bowl LVII
Who in our updated Super Bowl injury report is a doubt for the NFL season finale?
Mecole Hardman (Kansas City Chiefs, WR)
When healthy, the explosive Hardman is an important part of Kansas City’s robust passing game. But that’s been far too rare this year, as the speedster has played in only eight games.
Hardman’s been out since Week 13 (early December) with a pelvis injury. Unfortunately, he seems unlikely to make it back in time for Sunday. This is according to Chiefs coach Andy Reid.
Players Questionable for Super Bowl LVII
Kadarius Toney & JuJu Smith-Schuster (Kansas City Chiefs, WRs)
The top end of the Chiefs’ depth chart (including Hardman) all appear on the injury report. But the prognosis is brighter for Toney and Smith-Schuster.
Toney is battling ankle and hamstring ailments, while Smith-Schuster deals with knee trouble. But Coach Reid indicated he expects both to be available on Sunday.
L’Jarius Sneed (Kansas City Chiefs, CB)
The starting cornerback suffered a concussion in the first quarter of the AFC Championship game, and the Chiefs would prefer to not have to repeat the feat of surviving without him against Philadelphia’s pass catchers.
Sneed will need to pass through the NFL’s five-step return-to-play concussion protocol to be eligible for Sunday.
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Based on his presence and participation during stretching and warm-ups at Thursday’s practice, Kansas City expects he will be cleared in time He is unlikely to be one of the players out for Super Bowl LVII.
Landon Dickerson (Philadelphia Eagles, OL)
The first Eagles name on our Super Bowl injury report is Landon Dickerson. The second-year offensive guard is part of the NFL’s best offensive line, but Dickerson hyperextended his right elbow at the tail end of the win over San Francisco.
Dickerson returned to practice Thursday, and Eagles coach Nick Sirianni sounded confident about Dickerson’s chances to play Sunday.
Avonte Maddox (Philadelphia Eagles, CB)
Maddox has been dealing with a toe injury since a Christmas Eve loss to the Dallas Cowboys. And while he returned for the 49ers game in the NFC Championship, Maddox was again spotted in a walking boot last week.
This seems like a case where Maddox will suit up for Super Bowl LVII, but his effectiveness and availability will depend heavily upon his pain tolerance. It will be interesting to see Andy Reid’s strategy for targeting Maddox in the passing game with his own hampered pass catchers.
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Players Expected to Play in Super Bowl LVII
Lane Johnson (Philadelphia Eagles, OL)
Johnson might just be the best lineman in pro football, evidenced by an impressive stat where no pass rusher has recorded a sack against the Philadelphia right tackle since Week 11 of the 2020 season!
That streak remained intact in both Eagles playoff games despite Johnson playing through a torn adductor muscle in his groin area. Johnson knows he’s headed for surgery after the season, but hopes to make it through one more contest against star Kansas City pass rusher Chris Jones.
He was able to subdue San Francisco’s Nick Bosa – the favorite for NFL Defensive Player of the Year – and hold him without a sack in the NFC Championship Game.
Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City Chiefs, QB)
Last up on our Super Bowl injury report latest, it’s the two star QBs. Let’s get this out of the way – barring catastrophe, both quarterbacks will play the whole game on Sunday. But that doesn’t mean they’re 100 percent.
Let’s start with Mahomes who sustained a high ankle sprain during the Chiefs’ divisional round victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. On that day, backup Chad Henne came in for a couple series. But Mahomes returned to finish the game and went the distance against Cincinnati in the AFC Championship.
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Mahomes’ mobility is clearly affected, as is his ability to throw when moving to his left. That said, even a compromised Patrick Mahomes is a great weapon to have at your disposal when going for a championship.
Jalen Hurts (Philadelphia Eagles, QB)
His counterpart for the NFC champion Eagles is living up to his last name. He’s playing, but it Hurts.
The quarterback went down hard in Week 15 vs. the Chicago Bears and missed a couple games with a right (throwing) shoulder injury. And while many believe the two-game absence will cost Hurts the league’s MVP award (in favor of Mahomes, ironically), the Birds are undefeated since his return.
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But Hurts hasn’t looked himself at all times when throwing the ball, though his running remains dynamic.
An injured right shoulder? And his best lineman plays right tackle to protect that side? The ability of Jalen Hurts and Lane Johnson to play through injury may determine whether Philadelphia can claim its first Super Bowl in five years – or if it’ll be Kansas City claiming their second title in four years this Sunday.
Latest Odds on Super Bowl LVII
After some early movement that saw each team favored at different points last week, the line seems to have settled for now (odds courtesy of DraftKings):
|Kansas City Chiefs||+105||+1.5||Over 50.5|
|Philadelphia Eagles||-125||-1.5||Under 50.5|