By CJ Carlson
The Kansas City Chiefs will be without their All-Pro guard for another massively important game, this time being the Super Bowl against the San Francisco 49ers. Kansas City just announced that Joe Thuney will miss the biggest contest of the year with a pectoral injury.
Thuney suffered a pec injury back in the Divisional Round win over the Buffalo Bills. It was an injury that held him out of the AFC Championship game against the Baltimore Ravens. When the Chiefs advanced and got an extra week off, there was some small hope that he might have enough time to recover. Unfortunately, that just hasn’t been the case.
Thuney barely saw the practice field this entire week as we approached the Super Bowl. The team wanted to wait as long as possible before officially ruling him out, but he wasn’t able to pass the necessary hurdles to get out there. This means that head coach Andy Reid will be placing Nick Allegretti on the offensive line to replace him. Allegretti replaced Thuney during the AFC Championship game as well and filled in quite nicely.
Kansas City Chiefs Lose Key Pieces
Thuney’s loss isn’t insignificant at all, considering that he was named a First-Team All-Pro this year while playing all 17 games. And you might be wondering why there is even concern considering that the offensive line did wonderfully against the Ravens, but every team is different. This same offensive line might struggle mightily against the 49ers pass rush, featuring both Chase Young and Nick Bosa.
Kansas City also had to place Charles Omenihu on injured reserve after he suffered a devastating torn ACL against the Ravens. That’s another brutal blow, though that’s to the defensive line instead of the offensive line. In some positive news, the Chiefs were able to activate wide receiver Skyy Moore to the lineup with the free roster spot. Kansas City is certainly going to have to overcome some key injuries here in the Super Bowl.