“It’s strength,” Reid said. “Making sure that he’s not in a position to get hurt worse than what he’s got. That’s what we look at.”
If Thuney can’t play, it would be a big blow for the Chiefs’ blocking unit against the 49ers’ penetrating front.
McKinnon has been on injured reserve since Dec. 24 due to a groin injury and underwent core muscle surgery on Jan. 2. The Chiefs opened up the practice window for the pass-catching running back, giving him a shot to play Sunday. However, it sounds like the third-down back is unlikely to suit up.
“Jerick is not practicing. I tell ya, it’s slim for him to be out there,” Reid said.
Absent a turnaround where the 31-year-old gets on the practice field later this week in Vegas, it’s looking like it will once again be the Isiah Pacheco show in the Super Bowl.
As for receiver Kadarius Toney, who was off the injury report last week, Reid noted that he’s practicing but was noncommittal about the wideout playing in the Super Bowl.
“We’ll see, I don’t know. He’s been practicing. We’ll just see whether he’s up or not,” Reid said.