Kansas City Chiefs guard Joe Thuney out due to injury; San Francisco 49ers cleared for NFL decider

Kansas City have been dealt an injury blow ahead of the Super Bowl, with All-Pro left guard Joe Thuney ruled out due to a pectoral injury.

The 31-year-old will miss Monday’s clash against the San Francisco 49ers, opening the door for backup Nick Allegreti to earn a start in the NFL decider.

Jerrick McKinnon has also been listed as questionable by the Chiefs with less than 48 hours until kickoff, while Rashee Rice and Clyde Edwards-Helaire have been deemed fit to play at Allegiant Stadium.

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Rice was a full participant in practice Friday after he was stepped on near the end of the previous day’s workout, while Edwards-Helaire also put in a full practice after dealing with an illness earlier in the week.

Kansas City has until Sunday (AEDT) to add him onto the active roster for the match, though head coach Andy Reid described his chances of playing as “slim”.

Thuney had been given all week to prove his fitness, but it will now see Allegretti step up to the plate for a second Super Bowl start after he was called upon in 2021 against the Tampa Bay Buccanneers due to injury absences.

“Next-man-up mentality,” Chiefs right guard Trey Smith said.

“Nick is a consummate professional. He’ll be ready to go. He’s done a great job these past couple of weeks of preparation.

“Our coaches will have us prepared and Nick will do great.”

On the other side of the ledger, the star-studded 49ers are completely healthy heading into the game, with no one from the active roster listed with an injury designation.

“Guys have worked hard these two weeks,” head coach Kyle Shanahan said.

“The guys who have been banged up, they’ve done everything possible to be healthy for this game. It’s the first time everyone is full and healthy.

“It’s the right game to have it that way.”

Backup defensive tackle Kalia Davis, who is currently on injured reserve but has practised this week, was listed as questionable for San Francisco with an ankle injury. Davis is not expected to be activated on Saturday to play in the game.

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