The Kansas City Chiefs will be without Joe Thuney for Super Bowl LVIII against the San Francisco 49ers as he was ruled out with a pectoral injury that kept him sidelined so deep into the playoffs. Backup offensive tackle Prince Tega Wanogho was also ruled out with a quad injury. Thuney was placed on injured reserve Saturday and replaced on the list by running back Jerick McKinnon, according to Tracy Wolfson of CBS Sports.
McKinnon is listed as questionable due to a groin injury, but he has been trending in the right direction throughout the week and it will be a game-time decision, according to Wolfson. That said, he is expected to play, NFL Media reported Sunday afternoon. McKinnon has been out of action since mid-December and was limited in practice throughout the week. Thuney did not participate in practice all week.
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid addressed Thuney’s situation earlier this week. Reid all but declared that Nick Allegretti, who started and played well in Thuney’s place against the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship Game, would be called upon to start again.
Chiefs defensive end Charles Omenihu was placed on injured reserve after injuring his knee in Kansas City’s win over Baltimore in the AFC title game. He will therefore not play on Sunday either.
The Chiefs are one win away from capturing the franchise’s fourth Super Bowl victory and second straight title. They will have another pass catcher in the backfield if McKinnon can go.