The Kansas City Chiefs will need to be healthy as possible heading into the Super Bowl.
Facing a very good Philadelphia Eagles defense, the Chiefs hope to have all of their weapons available.
One player we know will not play in the big game is wide receiver, Mecole Hardman.
The 24-year-old has been injured almost the whole season.
He has played in only eight games this year and has been bothered recently by a pelvis injury.
Well, that same pelvis injury that he reaggravated in the AFC Championship will hold him out of the Super Bowl.
#Chiefs placed WR Mecole Hardman on injured reserve, ending his season. He won't play at the Super Bowl.
Activated RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire from Reserve/Injured.
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) February 6, 2023
This is a big loss for the Chiefs, who are already banged up at wide receiver.
Hardman is by far their fastest and most explosive offensive player.
So, losing him for the big game is certainly not ideal.
But, Kansas City has invested a lot at wide receiver this year and will need other players to step up.
Some of the names to keep an eye on are JuJu Smith-Schuster, and Kadarius Toney.
Both of those players are battling injuries of their own, but the Chiefs will need them out there on Sunday.
Toney is the most similar to Hardman in that he is also fast, and explosive with the ball in his hands.
He can make plays all over the field, and cause plenty of matchup problems for the Eagles’ defense.
The game will ultimately come down to the right arm of Patrick Mahomes.
To beat the Eagles’ defense you will have to throw the ball effectively.
If he can do that the Chiefs have a great chance to win.NEXT: The Chiefs Blew Past A Top Preseason Storyline