Availability is the most efficient skill. Invoice Parcells’ quote isn’t more true than the Tremendous Bowl’s winner take-all-stakes, which will incessantly be made up our minds by way of the more fit roster. If the Kansas Town Chiefs hoist the Lombardi Trophy Sunday evening, their coaching group of workers will have to garner MVP votes. In 2020, they limped into the Tremendous Bowl as strolling wounded when part their offensive line used to be at the IR and Mahomes used to be pounded into flooring pork. Mahomes will have to be higher secure at the back of their made over offensive line, then again, on this version of the Tremendous Bowl, the wounds are nonetheless closely weighted on Kansas Town’s facet.
How will Patrick Mahomes’ ankle grasp up?
Tremendous Bowl Sunday will mark 3 weeks since Patrick Mahomes suffered a painful prime ankle sprain within the first part of Kansas Town’s Divisional Spherical win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Chiefs were mum on the place his sprain lies at the spectrum between a Grade 1 to Grade 3 sprain. Alternatively, taking into account the character of Grade 3 sprains and that Mahomes performed within the AFC Championship two weeks previous, it’s secure to suppose that his sprain used to be both a Grade 1 or Grade 2. A Grade 2 sprain generally heals in roughly 4-6 weeks, whilst a Grade 1 sprain therapeutic procedure takes part of that point.
Accidents to extensive receivers
The bigger fear lies with the supply of Mahomes’ slot receivers, Kadarius Toney and Mecole Hardman. Hardman re-injured his pelvis in opposition to the Cincinnati Bengals and has been put on injured reserve. As an approaching loose agent, he’s been a letdown after failing to emerge as a competent goal in his 3rd 12 months. 4 years after the speedster ran a 4.33 and used to be drafted in the second one spherical out of UGA, his Chiefs profession may just finish with a dud. His biggest contributions had been within the imaginations of many that envisioned him as a successor to Hill.
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Toney is the Chiefs’ trendy new gadget receiver since they acquired him in a trade from the Giants before the trade deadline. Like Hardman, he’s a regular in the training room, although his readiness for the Super Bowl is a bit murkier. Toney left the AFC Title Game with an ankle injury, but unlike the hamstring injury that kept him sidelined for three weeks,
Injuries to the Chiefs defense
Starting cornerback LaJarius Sneed cleared the concussion protocol Monday afternoon and on Tuesday, Reid provided an update on Mahomes’ injury situation which amounted to a whole lot of nothing. The Chiefs are going well beyond your typical R.I.C.E. methods in Mahomes’ recuperation process, so it’s safe to assume he’ll be even more mobile than he was against the Bengals.
“I wouldn’t tell you he’s 100 percent,” Reid said of Mahomes. “The training staff works with him endlessly. I guess it’s a tribute to both of them. Pat (Mahomes) coming back for more and for those guys cranking on him. Julie (Frymyer) spent most of the time with him, rehabbing him. We’ve got all the latest and greatest stuff to use technology-wise. He’s used it all and he’s been able to make these jumps here where he can actually function and play in a game, which is pretty remarkable.”
The Eagles enter the Super Bowl healthy
Conversely, the Eagles are one of the healthiest teams we’ve ever seen entering the Super Bowl. All 22 of their Week 1 starters played in the Championship Game, an unbelievable rate considering the attrition that takes place over the course of a physical 20-week grind. Nickel corner Avonte Maddox has been playing through a toe injury since Philly’s Week 16 loss to Dallas and while he’s been using a walking boot, the expectation is that he’ll be fully available for the Super Bowl as well.
Jalen Hurts sprained his throwing shoulder at the tail end of the regular season, and continues to receive questions about the strength of his shoulder as his efficiency running and throwing has diminished since his return. As long as he wasn’t climbing any greased poles two Sundays ago, the Eagles should be confident in Hurts’ physical state.