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Report: Chiefs’ Sammy Watkins, Le’Veon Bell ‘expected to be ready’ for Super Bowl LV

The wide receiver and running back missed the team’s AFC title game against the Buffalo Bills.

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Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins and running back Le’Veon Bell are “expected to be ready” to be ready to play in Super Bowl LV, according to a new ESPN report from Dianna Russini.

Watkins, 27, suffered a calf injury in the Chiefs’ Week 16 game against the Atlanta Falcons, and he has not played since. Watkins was a limited participant in practice leading up to the AFC title against the Buffalo Bills, but he was ultimately ruled out in what was believed to be a game-time decision.

Watkins led the Chiefs in receiving in both the 2018 and 2019 playoffs but has not played in either of the team’s postseason games this year. Watkins has missed multiple games in all three seasons (2018-20) he has been a Chief, and with him becoming an unrestricted free agent this offseason, this could be his final opportunity to suit up for Kansas City.

Bell, 28, has a knee injury that is believed to date back to the Chiefs’ Week 15 game against the New Orleans Saints. Bell was listed on the injury report but practiced fully the following week — but then he missed practice time leading up to the Chiefs’ Week 17 game. Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said Bell’s knee swelled up last Wednesday, and he did not play against the Bills.

Like Watkins, Bell is due to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

As noted earlier this week, left tackle Eric Fisher won’t play in the Super Bowl after tearing his Achilles. There should be further word later this week on defensive backs L’Jarius Sneed and Armani Watts, who possibly suffered concussions in the AFC title game.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Antoine Winfield Jr. — who missed the NFC title against the Green Bay Packers due to an ankle injury — is also “expected to be ready.”