The lineman for the Kansas City Chiefs, Joe Thuney, has officially been ruled out of Super Bowl LVIII due to a chest injury.
He missed the AFC Championship against the Ravens with the same injury he sustained a week earlier against the Dolphins. Chief coach Andy Reid said it was „a long shot“ that Thuney played on Sunday.
Thuney, a three-time Super Bowl winner, is one of KC’s best linemen. ESPN selected him as the second-best NFL interior offensive lineman before the season began:
„The second-team All-Pro led all linemen with a 98.9 pass block win rate. He has missed two games in seven seasons for Kansas City and New England, where he was also outstanding. The Chiefs have many offensive linemen, but Thuney is the most valuable because he rarely makes a mistake.“
The New England Patriots drafted Thuney in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft. From 2017 to 2019, he participated in three consecutive Super Bowls, winning twice with the Pats. Thuney joined the Chiefs in 2021 and won his third ring last year.
Nick Allegretti, a five-year veteran, will take Thuney’s place in KC’s offensive line during the Big Game. The seventh-round pick has spent his entire career with the Chiefs, mainly as a backup.
„I follow my leader [Chiefs head coach Andy] Reid,“ said offensive line coach Andy Heck. „He’s always preached ‚Next Man Up.‘ So in practice, everyone repeats the same thing, everyone prepares the same. In this case: ‚Nick Allegretti, you’re the next man.‘ Let’s go. Step right in. It’s not a big production. He steps in, it’s a smooth operation.“