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Reports: Willie Gay suffers knee injury, won’t play in Super Bowl LV vs. Bucs

The rookie had been working his way back from a high-ankle sprain when he reportedly suffered the knee injury Thursday in practice.

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Kansas City Chiefs rookie linebacker Willie Gay Jr. won’t play in Super Bowl LV against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after having emergency knee surgery, according to WCBI’s Jon Sokoloff. Sokoloff covers Mississippi State Football.

610 Sports Radio’s Carrington Harrison confirmed the report and added the detail that Gay tore his meniscus at Chiefs practice on Thursday.

The Chiefs drafted Gay, 22, in the second round of this year’s NFL Draft. He suffered a high-ankle sprain in Week 17 against the Los Angeles Chargers and had missed the Chiefs’ first two playoffs games. There was hope within the Chiefs that with the additional week, he may be able to suit up for the Super Bowl.

Given the reports, Gay will now instead be focusing on potentially returning for the beginning of 2021 Chiefs training camp.

In 16 games (eight starts), Gay compiled 39 tackles (29 solo), including three tackles for loss and 1.0 sack. Gay had three passes defensed and forced a fumble.