Andy Reid, head coach of the Chiefs, had previously expressed uncertainty about running back Jerick McKinnon’s chances of being activated from injured reserve in time for Super Bowl LVIII. However, despite the slim possibility, McKinnon has been activated and will be eligible to play against the 49ers on Sunday. The decision of whether or not he will actually take the field remains uncertain, as McKinnon has been limited in practice throughout the week due to his groin injury and is labeled as questionable to play.
Throughout the season, McKinnon has had 21 carries for 60 yards and a touchdown, as well as 25 catches for 192 yards and four touchdowns in 12 games. Last year, he played a key role in the Chiefs’ Super Bowl win, with four carries for 34 yards and three catches for 15 yards. Notably, he made a strategic play by sliding to a stop at the Philadelphia 2-yard-line to allow the Chiefs to run out most of the clock before Harrison Butker’s game-winning field goal.
Kansas City has also activated wide receiver Skyy Moore from injured reserve this week, adding to its roster for the upcoming game.