Several injured Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers players are expected to be healthy for Super Bowl LV.
The bosses, Le’Veon Bell (knee) and wide receiver Sammy Watkins (calf) are expected to run back, as well as the Bucs duo of wide receiver Antonio Brown (knee) and Safety Antoine Winfield Jr. (ankle) ready On February 7, sources announced Dianna Russini of ESPN.
All four missed their conference championship games on Sunday.
Watkins played 10 games for the Chiefs in the regular season. He was ruled out earlier in the season with a sore Achilles tendon and later with a calf injury and did not play in any of the Chiefs’ previous postseason games. Watkins finished the regular season fifth on the Chiefs with 37 catches for 421 yards and two touchdowns.
Bell joined the Chiefs in October after being fired from the New York Jets. Since his arrival, he has had less of a hand than expected with the Chiefs. After losing Clyde Edwards-Helaire for a while, the Chiefs skipped Bell and made Darrel Williams their favorite in a week 16 game against the Falcons and in the divisional playoff game against the Browns. During the regular season, Bell rushed for 254 yards in nine games for the Chiefs.
Winfield sustained an ankle injury in training last Thursday and missed Friday’s practice. He was still flying to Green Bay with the team, but after testing his ankle in warm-up it was considered the best course of action for him to sit out.
Brown, who led the Bucs for the last five weeks of the regular season, suffered a knee injury in the division game against the New Orleans Saints. He didn’t train or make the trip to Green Bay last week as the team felt they weren’t going as far as they’d hoped and thought a plane trip might cause further swelling. Brown scored a 36-yard touchdown in the wildcard game against Washington.
The other starting security of the Bucs, Jordan Whitehead, who forced two mistakes, left Sunday’s win against the Packers with a shoulder injury and never returned. Whitehead had an MRI on Monday, but sources told ESPN’s Jenna Laine it was too early to say if he could play in the Super Bowl and that they are taking it day at a time to see how it runs.
Information from Adam Teicher and Jenna Laine of ESPN was used in this report.