After setting the NFL record for the longest punt return in Super Bowl history last year and helping the Kansas City Chiefs defeat the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LVII, Kadarius Toney’s season has come to an end. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Sunday that Toney won’t be among the players suiting up for Super Bowl LVIII, as he hasn’t played since a regular season game against the New England Patriots on Dec. 17.
Toney, an embattled wideout, has only one more year remaining on his rookie contract. He ended 2023 with 27 catches for 169 yards and a touchdown, but hasn’t seen action during this year’s playoff run. The reasons behind Toney’s absence from the team have been unclear, with some speculating that it was due to personal reasons or an injury designation.
Leading up to the AFC championship game against the Baltimore Ravens on Jan. 28, reports emerged that Toney had been nixed from the active 53 by the Chiefs, citing personal reasons and a hip injury. However, news broke later that Toney’s first child had been born, which explained the personal reasons behind his absence from the team. But Toney would soon take to Instagram Live to say that he didn’t have any injury that would impact his game status and accused Kansas City head coach Andy Reid of fabricating an injury designation for him. This forced Reid to refute these allegations and apologize on behalf of Toney later on.
Despite all this drama surrounding him, it seems like Toney will not be able to participate in any further games this season as he is currently out of practice and has not played since December 17th. It remains to be seen what will happen next for him after his disappointing season with only one more year left on his rookie contract.