The Kansas City Chiefs have released their inactives list for Sunday’s Super Bowl LV matchup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Wide receiver Sammy Watkins will be available to play in the championship game.
Here are the Chiefs’ inactives for Super Bowl LV:— Matt McMullen (@KCChiefs_Matt) February 7, 2021
CB BoPete Keyes
RB Darwin Thompson
TE Ricky Seals-Jones
DE Tim Ward
DT Khalen Saunders
QB Matt Moore
CB Chris Lammons
Watkins has been nursing a calf injury since the Week 16 game against the Atlanta Falcons. After being limited in both Wednesday and Thursday’s practices, he was a full participant on Friday and was the only Chief listed as questionable in the final injury report of the week.
Two Chiefs — tackle Eric Fisher (Achilles) and linebacker Willie Gay (knee/ankle) — were held out of practice all week and listed as out on Friday. On Saturday, the Chiefs placed both on injured reserve, thereby making room to activate tight end Deon Yelder from injured reserve and defensive back Chris Lammons from the practice squad. Yelder will be active on Sunday evening. Lammons, however, will be inactive.
Saturday also brought news that reserve center Daniel Kilgore had cleared the COVID protocol and had been activated to the roster. Both he and wide receiver Demarcus Robinson had been placed on the reserve/COVID list on Monday following the now-famous barber incident. Robinson was activated to the roster on Friday. Both he and Kilgore are active for the game.
The Chiefs also gave game-day elevations to two practice squad players: wide receiver Marcus Kemp and quarterback Matt Moore. Kemp is active for the game, while Moore is not. However, since only two other quarterbacks are active for the game, Moore will still be eligible to dress and play. But under third quarterback rules, if he does so before the fourth quarter, neither Patrick Mahomes or primary backup Chad Henne would be eligible to return.
Running back Le’Veon Bell — limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday — practiced fully on Friday. He will be active. But Darwin Thompson — who was held out of Friday’s practice with an illness — will not play.
All other Chiefs players practiced fully throughout the week’s preparation.
The Buccaneers have also released their inactives list. Wide receiver Antonio Brown will be available for the game.
Brown was limited in Wednesday’s practice with a knee injury — but was a full participant on Thursday and Friday before being listed as questionable for the game. Tampa Bay also listed tight end Cameron Brate (back) as questionable after being held out of Friday’s practice. He is also active for the championship game.
Linebacker Lavonte David (hamstring) and safeties Jordan Whitehead (shoulder) and Antoine Winfield Jr. (ankle) were limited on both Wednesday and Thursday, but practiced fully on Friday. Both are active for the game. Whitehead is reported to be playing with a “significant tear” in his labrum, and will be wearing a harness.
Linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul (knee) was held out of practice on both Wednesday and Friday and practiced only on a limited basis on Thursday — but he is also active.
On Saturday, Tampa Bay gave game-day elevations to guard Ted Larson and quarterback Drew Stanton. Larson is active, but Stanton is not. Like the Chiefs’ Moore, he will be eligible to dress and play as a third quarterback.