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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