Chiefs rule out injured left guard for Super Bowl; 49ers fully healthy

AP photo by Peter Aiken / Kansas City Chiefs guard Joe Thuney (62) gets set to block as quarterback Patrick Mahomes takes the snap during a Dec. 10 home game against the Buffalo Bills.
AP photo by Peter Aiken / Kansas City Chiefs guard Joe Thuney (62) gets set to block as quarterback Patrick Mahomes takes the snap during a Dec. 10 home game against the Buffalo Bills.

LAS VEGAS — The Kansas City Chiefs ruled out All-Pro left guard Joe Thuney for Sunday's Super Bowl matchup with the San Francisco 49ers because of a pectoral injury.

Wide receiver Rashee Rice and running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire, though, appear ready to go.

Rice was a full participant in practice Friday after he was stepped on near the end of the previous day's workout, while Edwards-Helaire also put in a full practice after dealing with an illness earlier in the week.

The only player the Chiefs listed as questionable on the final injury report ahead of the game was running back Jerick McKinnon, who remains on injured reserve after surgery in January for a core muscle injury. The Chiefs have until Saturday afternoon to add him to the active roster for the Super Bowl, though coach Andy Reid described his chances of playing as "slim" earlier in the week.

The 49ers are healthy headed into the game, with no one on the active roster listed with an injury designation.

"Guys have worked hard these two weeks," San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan said. "The guys who have been banged up, they've done everything possible to be healthy for this game. It's our first time everyone is full and healthy. It's the right game to have it that way."

Backup defensive tackle Kalia Davis, who is on injured reserve but has practiced this week, was listed as questionable with an ankle injury. The 49ers are not expected to activate Davis on Saturday to play in the game.


Reid insisted all week he wasn't counting Thuney out, right through the end of a 66-minute workout Friday at the practice facility of the Las Vegas Raiders, one of Kansas City's division rivals in the AFC West. But given Thuney had not practiced since before he was hurt three weeks earlier during a road win against the Buffalo Bills in the divisional round, it had become increasingly clear Nick Allegretti would get the start in his place.

The longtime backup has done this before. Injuries also thrust Allegretti into Kansas City's starting lineup for Super Bowl LV in February 2021 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the Chiefs failed to repeat as champs.

"Next man up mentality," Chiefs right guard Trey Smith said. "Nick is a consummate professional. He'll be ready to go. He's done a great job these past couple of weeks of preparation. Our coaches will have us prepared, and Nick will do great."

The Chiefs experienced a scare near the end of Thursday's practice when Rice accidentally was stepped on and limped off the field. The rookie receiver has become one of Patrick Mahomes' go-to targets, totaling 20 catches for 223 yards and a score in three playoff games while also helping to draw some of the attention away from juggernaut tight end Travis Kelce.

Edwards-Helaire was inactive for last year's Super Bowl, when the Chiefs beat the Philadelphia Eagles, despite proclaiming himself healthy after a high ankle sprain.

"This is what you always work for since you were a child," said Edwards-Helaire, a former first-round pick who lost his job to Isiah Pacheco last season and will be a free agent after this season. "And it's always a hard thing to get to, but obviously we're able to do the things we needed to in order to get back."