ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter shared a statement from Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid regarding guard Joe Thuney. The two-time Super Bowl-winning mentor mentioned that the All-Pro offensive lineman is a long shot to play in Super Bowl LVIII.
A pectoral injury has kept Thuney out of team practices this week. He also missed the Chiefs’ AFC Championship Game against the Baltimore Ravens. It’s the only game he has missed during the 2023 NFL season.
Chiefs’ HC Andy Reid called it a “long shot” for Pro Bowl left guard Joe Thuney to be able to play in Super Bowl LVIII vs. the 49ers.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 6, 2024
Losing Thuney will be a big blow in the Chiefs’ protection for Patrick Mahomes and creating lanes for Isiah Pacheco to blaze through. Thuney earned a First Team All-Pro member this season, the first in his career. He was a Second Team All-Pro in 2019 and 2022.
The former North Carolina State standout helped the New England Patriots win Super Bowls LI and LIII. During the 2021 offseason, he signed a five-year, $80 million contract to join the Kansas City Chiefs. Since then, Thuney has helped the Chiefs reach three AFC Championship Games and two Super Bowls.
If Joe Thuney will miss Super Bowl LVIII, Nick Allegretti will likely start in his place. According to the team's official injury report, Pacheco, Chris Jones, and Skyy Moore were limited participants during their latest practice.