Chiefs make Toney inactive, McKinnon active for Super Bowl

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Kadarius Toney is inactive for Super Bowl LVIII against the San Francisco 49ers, while running back Jerick McKinnon is active for Sunday’s showdown in Las Vegas.

Wide receiver Skyy Moore also is active for Kansas City.

McKinnon and Moore, who both played a crucial role in the Chiefs’ win over the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl last year, have not played since Dec. 17 in New England. McKinnon had surgery for a core injury in early January and was considered questionable to play against the 49ers, while Moore spent a stint on injured reserve with a lingering knee injury.

Moore had a touchdown catch in the Super Bowl against Philadelphia. McKinnon made a big play in the closing minutes, sliding just short of the goal line and allowing the clock to run, which set up Harrison Butker‘s winning field goal in Arizona.

McKinnon only ran 21 times for 60 yards and a touchdown in 12 games this season, but he is invaluable out of the backfield, catching 25 passes for 192 yards and four scores. Moore struggled with dropped passes early in the season and had 21 catches for 244 yards and a touchdown while appearing in 14 games.

Toney was one of the stars of Kansas City’s Super Bowl victory last year but has struggled with injuries and inconsistent play this season.

He hasn’t played since a Week 15 game against the Patriots in which he deflected a pass to a defender for an interception for the second time this season. He was not listed on the Chiefs’ injury report, however, for Sunday’s game.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid said “we’ll see” when asked Tuesday whether Toney would play, adding that the receiver has “been practicing, we’ll just see whether he’s up or not.”

Toney also made headlines off the field earlier in the postseason when he said he was “not hurt” in a viral Instagram Live post after the Chiefs’ victory in the AFC Championship Game. Those comments were interpreted as Toney saying he didn’t have the hip and ankle injuries that the Chiefs had listed for him on their weekly injury reports.

Toney clarified Monday that his profanity-filled rant was directed at fans of his former team — the New York Giants — and that he “never attacked the Chiefs, never said anything about the Chiefs.”

The Chiefs were counting on Toney to carry a big workload this season, but he has just 27 catches for 169 yards and a touchdown. He also was called for an offside penalty in a Dec. 11 loss to the Buffalo Bills that negated his go-ahead touchdown on an improvised lateral from Travis Kelce. Reid later said Toney didn’t check with the sideline official to make sure he was lined up correctly.

Kansas City’s other inactives for Sunday’s game included wide receiver Justyn Ross, running back La’Mical Perine, defensive end BJ Thompson, cornerback Ekow Boye-Doe and linebacker Darius Harris.

The 49ers’ inactives included quarterback Brandon Allen, receiver Ronnie Bell, cornerback Samuel Womack III, linebacker Jalen Graham, offensive lineman Matt Pryor and defensive linemen Alex Barrett and T.Y. McGill.

ESPN’s Adam Teicher and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

First appeared on www.espn.com

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