Chiefs Injury News: Jerick McKinnon Gets Discouraging Super Bowl Update

Jerick McKinnon is reportedly unlikely to play in the Super Bowl
Jerick McKinnon is reportedly unlikely to play in the Super Bowl / Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

There was some optimism that Chiefs' RB Jerick McKinnon, who was one of the best players in Kansas City's run to last year's Super Bowl, could play this Sunday after returning from the Injured Reserve list.

Unfortunately, Andy Reid poured cold water on that optimism in his media availability on Tuesday. When asked if McKinnon would suit up, Reid responded it would be a slim possibility.

The Chiefs' offense has looked excellent over the last couple of weeks relative to the regular season, but McKinnon still would have provided a boost to the passing game.

Chiefs Get Bad Injury Update on Jerick McKinnon

McKinnon likely wouldn't have played a big role in the offense after missing over a month, though he's a dangerous weapon out of the backfield.

That means, in all likelihood, McKinnon's season will end with just 60 rushing yards and 192 receiving yards, though he did score five TDs. He's an unrestricted free agent this offseason and will soon be 32-years-old, so it's unclear what kind of market he'll have or if the Chiefs will want to bring him back.

Over the latter half of the season in 2022, McKinnon dominated. He ended with nine receiving TDs and was a reliable pass protector and catcher, so it's possible Kansas City will want his veteran presence.

In the meantime, it appears the Chiefs plan to roll with Isiah Pacheco and Clyde Edwards-Helaire against the 49ers.

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