Reid optimistic JuJu, Toney will play, Hardman unlikely for Super Bowl
Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said Thursday he's optimistic wide receivers JuJu Smith-Schuster and Kadarius Toney will be available to play in Super Bowl LVII against the Philadelphia Eagles, according to Adam Teicher of ESPN.
"He's in a good place," Reid said of Smith-Schuster, who suffered a knee injury in the AFC title game last week. Toney, meanwhile, is battling ankle and hamstring ailments.
However, Reid doesn't expect wideout Mecole Hardman to suit up for the big game Feb. 12.
"I doubt that he'll make the Super Bowl," Reid said, according to Nate Taylor of The Athletic. "He was not going to be denied the other day (last Sunday). That's a tribute to the kid. He pushes himself like no other. He's a tough, tough kid."
Hardman is dealing with a pelvis injury. He previously missed 10 games due to the ailment before returning in the AFC Championship Game. He apparently reinjured his pelvis during the contest and exited early.
Smith-Schuster, Toney, and Hardman, as well as cornerback L'Jarius Sneed, didn't practice Thursday. Sneed is currently in concussion protocol.
With Smith-Schuster, Toney, and Hardman nursing injuries against the Cincinnati Bengals, Marquez Valdes-Scantling stepped up for the Chiefs, catching six passes for 116 yards and one touchdown.
Tight end Travis Kelce led Kansas City with 110 catches, 1,338 yards, and 12 touchdown receptions during the regular season. Smith-Schuster ranked second with 78 catches for 933 yards but scored only three TDs.