Super Bowl 58 is here, as the Chiefs look to knock off the 49ers at 6:30 p.m. ET Sunday. But one player who will not be taking the field for Kansas City is wide receiver Kadarius Toney.
Toney shined in last season’s Super Bowl win over the Eagles, with one touchdown catch and a 65-yard punt return to set up another fourth-quarter touchdown. Yet he is no longer a centerpiece of the Chiefs offense after struggling through this NFL season.
The 25-year-old wide receiver has played since the team’s Week 15 win against the Patriots on Dec. 17. He totaled just 27 catches for 169 yards and a touchdown in 13 games.
Here’s what to know about his situation ahead of Super Bowl 58.
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Why is Kadarius Toney not playing in the Super Bowl?
Toney wasn’t listed on the injury report ahead of the Super Bowl, but he had been considered questionable for the matchup after missing the last six weeks of action.
“We’ll see,” head coach Andy Reid responded when asked about Toney’s status earlier in the week. Toney had been practicing, Reid said, adding: “We’ll just see whether he’s up or not.”
“Well, obviously he’s been on the injury report. That part is not made up by any means,” Reid told reporters. “He’s been working through some things, and he’ll be back out there.”
Yet Toney did not make the active roster for the Super Bowl, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Sunday.
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Is Kadarius Toney injured?
Toney missed the AFC championship game against the Ravens due to a hip injury as well as personal reasons, per the Chiefs’ injury report. Yet Toney declared in an Instagram Live video that he was “not hurt” amid an an expletive-laden monologue.
The Chiefs wide receiver clarified the situation Monday, saying that his comments in the Instagram Live were directed at fans of his former team, the Giants, and not the Chiefs.
“I never attacked the Chiefs, never said anything about the Chiefs,” Toney said. “Who I was referring to was the Giants fans and the people in my comments, my comment box, not even on my live recording, so you wouldn’t even know they were there.
“But I was referring to them, which I shouldn’t have. I just wanted to go out there. I just wanted to get my message across as far as my injury, but I shouldn’t have done that at the end of the day. I’m a man, and I can accept my mistakes just like I accept my wins. I’m just moving past that right now. We’re trying to go out and trying to win [the Super Bowl].”
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