Barring the unexpected, the Kansas City Chiefs didn’t plan on having wide receiver Kadarius Toney for Sunday. Super BowlSources tell CBS Sports.
Tony will be a healthy scratch from the Chiefs in Super Bowl LVIII, a year after making the biggest play of Super Bowl LVIII.
The wide receiver, who has been with the Patriots since Week 15, has not played a game for the Chiefs. Tony has dealt with hip and ankle injuries; At the Ravens game two weeks ago, Tony missed the game due to personal reasons due to the birth of his son.
Toney has just 27 catches for 169 yards and one touchdown this season. He has dropped more than 15 percent of his targets this season, more than any other eligible receiver.
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In Week 1, Tony saw a glimpse of Mahomes’ pass in the jerseys. The Chiefs lost to Detroit 21-20.
In Week 14, Tony was lined up offside for what would have been the game-winning drive by Travis Kelce. The Chiefs lost to Buffalo 20-17.
And the next week against the Patriots on May 7, Tony turned an easy pass and catch from Mahomes into an interception. Mahomes was frustrated on the sideline after the game. Tony played four more games after the interception and hasn’t played since.
Tony went on Instagram Live before the AFC Championship game and made a surprising rant that he later said he regretted.
Sources in Kansas City say Tony isn’t a bad guy, but there are clearly trust issues in the building.
Toney returned a fourth-quarter punt 65 yards to the Philadelphia 5-yard line in last year’s Super Bowl. It is the longest punt return in Super Bowl history. After three plays, the Chiefs scored the game-tying touchdown.
The Giants drafted Tony 20th overall in 2021 before trading him to the Chiefs a year later. He has one year left on his contract, and may not return to the Chiefs next season.