Antoine Winfield Jr. may have missed the NFC Championship but he told the media on Wednesday that he was “100%” going to play on Sunday.
Honestly, I think that’s how most of these guys feel right now. Bruce Arians said that to keep Lavonte David off the field, you’d “have to shoot him” while Antonio Brown said he was out there practicing on Wednesday with “the arrow pointing up.”
When the Bucs and Chiefs released their initial injury report, it was the usual suspects for Tampa Bay. Jordan Whitehead (shoulder), Antoine Winfield Jr. (ankle), Antonio Brown (knee), and Lavonte David (hamstring) were all limited participants. Jason Pierre-Paul, who hasn’t practiced all postseason, did not participate with a knee injury though his status is not in question at all.
Rounding out the list were the star receivers Mike Evans (knee) and Chris Godwin (elbow) who were both full participants.
On the Chiefs’ side, it was offensive tackle Eric Fisher and linebacker Willie Gay that did not participate. Fisher is not going to play in this one after injuring his achilles in the AFC Championship while Gay is hindered with knee and ankle injuries.
The limited participants were running backs Le’Veon Bell (knee) and Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle/hip), cornerback Rashad Fenton (foot), and wide receiver Sammy Watkins (calf). Watkins is optimistic that he will play, adding yet another speedy weapon to Patrick Mahomes’ arsenal on Sunday.
Here is the full initial injury report for the Bucs and Chiefs ahead of Super Bowl LV;