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LeSean McCoy likely to be inactive in Super Bowl LIV for Kansas City Chiefs

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The Pitt product is healthy but could be scratched to add defensive depth

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Kansas City Chiefs running back and Pitt alum LeSean McCoy is likely to be listed as inactive for Super Bowl LIV, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. McCoy has not suffered an injury and would be a healthy scratch, as he was in the AFC Championship Game. He also recorded no touches against the Houston Texans in the divisional round of the playoffs.

McCoy’s status has yet to be set in stone, but Rapoport noted, “That’s the way it’s heading at this point.” He added that two running backs would be active for the Chiefs, should Andy Reid and his staff go with this plan, but McCoy would not be one of them. Instead, his spot on the active roster would be used to add depth to the defensive line or another position of need.

Should this come to pass, McCoy would be forced to sit out what would have been his first Super Bowl appearance in an 11-year NFL career. It would also hamstring the Pitt product in his effort to add to a potential Hall of Fame resume. And at this point in his career, McCoy may never make it to another Super Bowl.

McCoy signed a one-year contract with the Chiefs worth $3 million on Aug. 31, 2019, the same day he was cut by the Buffalo Bills. He appeared in 13 games for the Chiefs in the 2019 regular season, making nine starts, and he ranked second on the team in rushing yards, with 465 yards and four touchdowns on 101 carries. He also led the team’s running backs in yards per carry, with 4.6 per attempt.

The Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers are set to face off in Super Bowl LIV on Sunday. Kickoff from Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, is set for 6:30 p.m. ET.