LeSean McCoy To Be Inactive For Super Bowl?

LeSean McCoy might not be active for his first career Super Bowl appearance. League sources told NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport that the Chiefs running back may be inactive tomorrow (Twitter link). Rapoport notes that the veteran is healthy and ready to play, but while nothing’s been finalized, it sounds like McCoy won’t be on the active roster.

This isn’t incredibly surprising news, as McCoy was inactive for the AFC Championship game after having played only a single snap during the Divisional Round. However, there was some optimism that Andy Reid would make him active for the big game, especially since the team would otherwise be rostering only two running backs. Damien Williams has taken hold of the gig atop the depth chart, with Darwin Thompson left as the lone backup at the position.

The six-time Pro Bowler joined the Chiefs this past preseason after getting cut by the Bills, choosing Kansas City over suitors like the Patriots, Eagles, and Chargers. Initially, McCoy carved out an immediate role. He saw 10-plus touches in seven of the Chiefs’ first eight games but wound up a healthy scratch and battled an illness at times over the past two-plus months. In total, Shady rushed for 465 yards and four scores on 101 carries (he also added another 28 receptions for 181 yards and one touchdown).

While tomorrow’s potential move could seemingly lead to retirement, McCoy said earlier this week that he has no intention of hanging up his cleats.

Nah, I’m not ready to retire yet,” McCoy said.I still can play. So, I’m not going to retire yet, but that day is coming.”

As Rapoport opines, the organization may use McCoy’s roster spot on a position of need. The reporter specifically points to the defensive line as a potential “key area” considering the 49ers rushing attack.

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13 comments on “LeSean McCoy To Be Inactive For Super Bowl?

  1. h0wmyd0ing

    That sucks for Shady.

    Keep the dude active and give him a few snaps.

    Players LONG for a chance to get to a Bowl. If the Chiefs win and hes inactive it will be a hollow ring. Get him on the field, Andy!

    • Clown comment. Kansas City is doing everything they can to win the Super Bowl. If they don’t think Shady can help them, then it’s called strategy. They’re not going to do something petty like spite a player and ‘do him dirty’ (for God knows what reason) and reduce their chances of winning a Super Bowl.

      • phillyballers

        You must have missed what happened during the the Pats v Eagles Super Bowl.

  2. crosseyedlemon

    Even if Shady played it wouldn’t matter. Chiefs ranked 25th in snaps this season (976) and 20th in time of possession (29:27). Only 3 teams in the past 25 years have won a SB with less than 1000 snaps. In the past 28 years only one team (2012 Ravens) has won a SB with a time of possession worse than what the Chiefs had this year. Was hoping Andy would finally get that ring but he and his players will spend most of Sunday as spectators on the sidelines.

    • Dumb comment. They have those numbers because they strike quickly. Their time of possession and snap counts certainly haven’t hurt them in making the effing Super Bowl.

    • brucewayne

      Best 3rd down team in the NFL this year & now it looks like the BEST overall team as well! Way to go KC CHIEFS!

  3. chicity708

    Retirement?? How old is Shady? Meanwhile Frank Gore Looking At Season 16 Oh My

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