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WR Sammy Watkins, RB Le'Veon Bell limited again at Chiefs practice

Both expected to play in Super Bowl LV on Sunday
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Posted at 3:58 PM, Feb 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-04 16:58:52-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Nothing changed for the Chiefs on the injury front Thursday based on the team’s official injury report.

Left tackle Eric Fisher, who suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in the AFC Championship Game, and linebacker Willie Gay Jr., who underwent knee surgery last week, remained the only Chiefs who missed practice Thursday.

Wide receiver Sammy Watkins (calf) and running back Le’Veon Bell (knee) remained the only players limited at practice, which is identical to Wednesday’s report.

Watkins and Bell are expected to be available for Super Bowl LV on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, according to ESPN and other reports. Fisher and Gay will not play.

Watkins missed six games midseason with a hamstring injury. He picked up the calf injury ahead of the season finale and missed both of Kansas City’s playoff wins.

Bell, who signed with the Chiefs midseason after being cut by the New York Jets, first appeared on the injury report before the Week 16 game against the Falcons. He’s been used sparingly ever since.

The injury situation was a bit more fluid for the Bucs.

Rush linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul, who did not practice Wednesday, returned as a limited participant Thursday, while two players — tight end Cameron Brate (back) and defensive lineman Steve McClendon — appeared on the injury report for the first time Thursday.

Brate was limited at practice, while McClendon’s absence Thursday was deemed not injury related.

Wide receiver Antonio Brown (knee) was upgraded Thursday to a full participant, while linebacker Lavonte David (hamstring), safeties Jordan Whitehead (shoulder) and Antoine Winfield Jr. (ankle) all remained limited practice participants.