With an extra week since the AFC and NFC champions were crowned, there have been opportunities for players to get healthier. The hope is that both the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers will be close to full strength heading into Sunday’s Super Bowl with the NFL odds still favoring the 49ers.
Looking at the NFL news, there are some prominent players for both teams landing on the injury report. San Francisco tight end George Kittle is one of the biggest names while Kansas City running back Isiah Pacheco, defensive tackle Chris Jones, receiver Rashee Rice, and offensive lineman Joe Thuney are dealing with various ailments as well.
When looking at the Super Bowl betting odds, Pacheco (+2800) is sixth in the latest MVP odds, Rice (+5000) is tied for seventh followed by Kittle at +6500 and Jones at +10000.
The Chiefs are listed by the NFL betting lines as the two-point underdogs against the San Francisco 49ers in a rematch of Super Bowl LIV.
The Super Bowl will be played on Sunday, Feb. 11 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. Kickoff is shortly after 6:30 p.m. ET. The game will air on CBS.
Keep on reading as BetUS provides injury updates for both teams heading into Super Sunday.
Kittle Has Been Upgraded
After being listed as questionable, San Francisco tight end George Kittle is now carrying a probable tag as he looks good to go for his second Super Bowl appearance.
The feeling all along was that Kittle would be cleared to play but the move from being questionable to probable makes that more of a possibility. He figures to a popular pick when it comes to the Super Bowl prop bets.
Defensive end Arik Armstead is another player who head coach Kyle Shanahan expected to be a full go for the Super Bowl despite joining Kittle as a limited participant in practice this week.
Kansas City receivers Skyy Moore and Kadarius Toney, running back Isiah Pacheco, and defensive tackle Chris Jones have all been upgraded as well.
Pacheco is the leading rusher for the Chiefs while Jones is one of the most disruptive interior defensive linemen in the NFL.
Concerns For Key Lineman
Guard Joe Thuney is a three-time Super Bowl champion as he has blocked for not only Patrick Mahomes but also former New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, a seven-time Super Bowl champion.
The reports on Thuney heading into the Super Bowl have not been promising. If he is ruled out, keep an eye on the sportsbook to see if the line moves more in San Francisco’s favor.
Thuney is dealing with a pectoral issue and that could be a problem without one of the Chiefs’ best interior blockers. He did not practice on Thursday.
Jerick McKinnon (IR), Rashee Rice, and Clyde Edwards-Helaire were limited in practice today.
Joe Thuney did not practice.
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) February 9, 2024
Kansas City running back Jerick McKinnon is eligible to be added to the active roster. However, it doesn’t look promising for the groin injury that has sidelined him to have improved enough for him to play.
Time For Some Good News
So much of the injury updates focus on the players who can’t hit the field. Both teams have been getting some good news.
For Kansas City, running back Isiah Pacheco (toe, ankle), defensive tackle Chris Jones (quad), receivers Skyy Moore (knee), and Richie James (foot), and offensive lineman Prince Tega Wanogho (quad) were all listed as full participants at Wednesday’s practice.
Receiver RasheeRice and running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire were limited in practice but barring any late setbacks, look for them to play in the Super Bowl.
San Francisco defensive tackle Kaila Davis was a full participant. Cornerback Ambry Thomas (ankle) and linebacker Oren Burks (shoulder) were limited participants at practice.
Who’s On Injured Reserve?
The 49ers have played the second half of the season without star safety Talanoa Hufanga. He has been out since a Nov. 19 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He certainly would have played a key role in trying to slow down Kansas City’s star tight end TravisKelce.
San Francisco tight ends Ross Dwelley and Cameron Latu, receiver Danny Gray, defensive lineman Clelin Ferrell, and offensive lineman Nick Zakelj are also on injured reserve.
Defensive end Drake Jackson is another 49ers player who will miss the Super Bowl.
The defensive line has taken a bit of a hit for the Chiefs with Charles Omenihu and Derrick Nnadi both on injured reserve as is safety Bryan Cook.
Questions of the Day
Who was favored the last time the Kansas City Chiefs played the San Francisco 49ers in a Super Bowl?
When the teams met in Super Bowl LIV, the Chiefs were listed by the NFL spread as a 1½-point favorite. Kansas City covered with a 31-20 win.
Are there any key players in danger of missing the Super Bowl?
Kansas City offensive lineman Joe Thuney could be sidelined for the Super Bowl. San Francisco has been playing for a few months without star safety Talanoa Hufanga.
The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.