The Kansas City Chiefs suffered a major blow in the offseason when they traded Tyreek Hill away.
Analysts and fans alike predicted Patrick Mahomes to regress, stating that the league had already figured him out and that Travis Kelce alone wouldn’t be able to carry the offensive load on his own.
Fast forward to today, and the Chiefs are back in the Super Bowl; Mahomes is the oddsmakers’ favorite to win MVP, and Kelce had another 1,000+ yard season.
Andy Reid and Eric Bieniemy made sure to spread the wealth and make the most of every single weapon they have, with all WRs having at least one breakout game throughout the season.
That’s why it could be a big blow for them not to have Mecole Hardman on the field for the Super Bowl, as they’ve found plenty of success by spreading the football down the field and fooling defenses.
Hardman suffered a core injury and is reportedly gathering second opinions to try and suit up for the big game on February 12.
Nonetheless, NFL insider Mike Garafolo reported that it’s unlikely that he’ll play, and even if he could, he would be mostly used as a decoy due to his current physical limitations.
From @NFLTotalAccess: #Chiefs WR Mecole Hardman wants to play in #SuperBowlLVII and is gathering second opinions on his core injury but is doubtful to play against the #Eagles as of now. pic.twitter.com/jXYINzAyfS
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) February 2, 2023
Hardman has only been able to play in eight games and also lost some ground in the depth chart.
Throughout the season, he hauled in 25 receptions for 297 yards and four touchdowns, and while he wasn’t Mahomes’ primary target by any means, his speed could sure come in handy in the big game.NEXT: Frank Clark Shares A Touching Andy Reid Story