Friday, the Bucs listed Antonio Brown as doubtful for the Super Bowl with a knee injury. Safety Jordan Whitehead has also been designated as doubtful for the matchup against the Chiefs.
It’d be a big loss for Tampa Bay if neither man can play. Whitehead is a hard-hitting defender who would cause issues for the Chiefs’ skill players down the field. While Brown didn’t play in the NFC Championship Game and the Bucs still won, he’s comfortable with Tom Brady and the offense is better with him.
There are still nine days to go until the Super Bowl, and CBS says, these can be read as estimates if the game were to take place this Sunday. Neither Whitehead nor Brown should be counted out for the Super Bowl yet.
Meanwhile, the Chiefs have far greater concerns on the injury front. Kansas City will be without both of their starting offensive tackles, Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz. Fisher is the key. Fisher just suffered an Achilles injury last week against the Bills. Kansas City is already weak on the offensive line, and is now set to face a next-level pass rush without their best offensive linemen.
Kansas City also listed Le’Veon Bell (knee), Rashad Fenton (foot), L’Jarius Sneed (concussion), and Sammy Watkins (calf) as questionable.
It sucks that injuries are a storyline entering the Super Bowl, though they undoubtedly are. And for the Chiefs, injuries sit atop their worries.