Super Bowl Injury Report: Tracking Latest Chiefs & Buccaneers News
James Gilbert/Getty Images. Pictured: Demarcus Robinson (11)
We’ve reached the light at the end of the tunnel: Welcome to Super Bowl week!
From an injury perspective, Kansas City and Tampa Bay are in relatively good shape, though there are a few key injuries to keep an eye on. Most notably, the Chiefs will be without left tackle Eric Fisher, who tore his Achilles in the AFC Championship, but Sammy Watkins has a chance to return for the first time since Week 16. And for the Buccaneers, Antonio Brown is iffy to play after missing the NFC Championship with a knee injury.
We’ll update the table below with daily practice participation followed by the latest news and reports heading into the big game.
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Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (calf): According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Watkins is expected to play through his questionable tag in Super Bowl LV. Watkins tweaked his calf injury on the Friday before the Chiefs faced the Bills in the AFC Conference Championship, keeping him off the field for that game, but he was able to get through this week without experiencing a similar setback.
Buccaneers WR Antonio Brown (knee) and TE Cameron Brate (back): Brown is also expected to play today after he was able to make it through the Bucs’ simulated game on Saturday unscathed. The same is true for Brate, who was a late week addition to Tampa’s injury report. The Bucs will be at full strength, as Brown and Brate were their only two players given game status designations on the Friday injury report.
Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (calf): Although he was able to get in a full practice session on Friday, Watkins is officially questionable to play in Super Bowl LV. Despite the Q tag, Watkins said he is “optimistic” about his chances of playing, while head coach Andy Reid said of Watkins, “He did good. I’m encouraged to have him on Sunday. I think he’ll be there.” If Watkins is active, it will be his first game action since Week 16.
Chiefs WR Demarcus Robinson (COVID-19 protocols): The Chiefs appear likely to have their full complement of receivers as Demarcus Robinson was activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 List earlier today. Robinson was placed on the list as a close contact but was eligible to be activated after testing negative for the virus over the past several days.
Buccaneers WR Antonio Brown (knee): Like Watkins, Brown is also questionable to play despite being a full participant in today’s practice. Last week, Brown was listed as a DNP (did not participate), but he’s been able to ramp up his activity level this week leading up to the big game. Based on his practice participation, Brown appears likely to play.
Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate (back): Brate’s practice participation is a bit more concerning. After being a late addition to the Bucs’ injury report on Thursday of this week, Brate was held out of today’s practice entirely. Yesterday, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said Brate is expected to play, but that was before today’s DNP. For now, consider Brate a game-time decision pending further news.
Buccaneers WR Antonio Brown (knee): Brown remained sidelined through the first week of Super Bowl practices, racking up “DNPs” (did not participate) on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of last week. Tampa Bay classified Brown as “doubtful” on Friday’s game status report. With that said, Brown still has another week of practice before the big game and hasn’t been ruled out. Head coach Bruce Arians said that Brown is “getting close,” adding that he “did a little bit of work” on Thursday. For the time being, consider AB questionable to play against the Chiefs.
Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (calf): Last week, Watkins was able to practice on Wednesday and Thursday as a limited participant before sitting out Friday. While the consecutive limited practice sessions may bode well for his status, he was also a limited practice participant throughout the week leading up to the AFC Championship before ultimately sitting out.
Still, head coach Andy Reid said that Watkins was held out of Friday’s practice merely as a precaution and a report from ESPN’s Dianna Russini suggests that Watkins is expected to play in Super Bowl LV.
Chiefs COVID-19 Update: The Chiefs placed wide receiver Demarcus Robinson and backup center Daniel Kilgore on the Reserve/COVID-19 List on Monday, but according to ESPN’S Adam Schefter, neither player has tested positive for the virus. Both were deemed close contacts, and as long as they continue to test negative over the next several days, they’ll be able to play.