Joe Thuney ruled out with pectoral issue for Super Bowl 2024; Jerick McKinnon’s status still uncertain

Despite Injury Concerns, both 49ers and Chiefs Feel Optimistic Heading into Super Bowl LVIII

As the Super Bowl LVIII approaches, both the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs are feeling relatively optimistic about their injury reports. While there are some concerns, they don’t seem to be too crowded or severe for either team.

On Friday, the Chiefs announced that key offensive lineman Joe Thuney would be ruled out of Sunday’s game with a pectoral issue. Thuney suffered the injury during the Chiefs’ playoff game against the Buffalo Bills on January 21st, forcing Nick Allegretti to fill in. However, wideout Rashee Rice was listed as a limited participant after treatment for an ankle injury but was deemed a full go for the game on Friday.

Meanwhile, Jerick McKinnon, a running back for the Chiefs, was activated from injured reserve on Saturday and is expected to be a game-time decision. He has not played since Week 15. For the 49ers, both George Kittle and Arik Armstead fully participated in Friday’s practice and were given no injury designation after being limited earlier in the week. Head coach Kyle Shanahan said he wasn’t worried and that the pair will play in the Super Bowl. The Super Bowl will take place at Allegiant Stadium on Sunday at 6:30 p.m., ET and will air on CBS and Paramount+.

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