- Antonio Brown and Cameron Brate are likely to suit up for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
- Sammy Watkins is likely to play for the Kansas City Chiefs.
- Antoine Winfield and Jordan Whitehead will be back on the field for the Bucs as well.
LAS VEGAS - Super Bowl LV between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is set to kick off at 6:30 p.m. EST.
The matchup is highly anticipated, but there are a number of high profile potential injuries that could impact the game.
Several big name players were listed as questionable during the week, so even if they are cleared, their lingering injuries could impact the game.
Likely To Play: Antonio Brown, Cameron Brate, Sammy Watkins
All three of these players are starters on their teams, and they’re important pieces of the receiving corps of both the Chiefs and the Bucs.
Brown is the WR3 on the Bucs, but he’s been consistent since he joined the team, while Brate has been a quality TE in the receiving game for a few years now.
Brown did practice on Friday, while Brate was unable to suit up at all.
Sammy Watkins is the likely WR2 on the Chiefs, although between him, Mecole Hardman and Demarcus Robinson, it can be hard to predict who gets the most touches.
Brown has a knee injury and Brate has a back injury, while Watkins’ calf injury has kept him out for a significant portion of the season.
Three players — Bucs’ WR Antonio Brown (knee), TE Cameron Brate (back), Chiefs’ WR Sammy Watkins (calf) — are listed as questionable for Sunday, but all are expected to play in Super Bowl LV, per sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 7, 2021
That said, according to Adam Schefter, the trio is likely to be suited up and playing on Super Bowl Sunday.
Antonio Brown Receiving Yards
- Over 37.5 -140
- Under 37.5 +110
Cameron Brate Receiving Yards
- Over 30.5 -115
- Under 30.5 -115
Sammy Watkins Receiving Yards
- Over 35.5 -160
- Under 35.5 +120
As is clearly evident from their O/U’s, while none of these players are expected to be gamechangers, the sportsbooks expect all of them to play important roles for their teams.
The final injury report revealed that all three of these important players would be suiting up for Super Bowl LV.
Sammy Watkins is ACTIVE for Super Bowl LV.
— Matt McMullen (@KCChiefs_Matt) February 7, 2021
It’s impossible to discuss potential Super Bowl injuries without mentioning a few other high profile names.
Chiefs OL Eric Fisher will be out for the game after suffering an injury in the 4th quarter of the AFC Championship Game.
Fisher was the best remaining offensive lineman on the Chiefs after Mitchell Schwartz went down in Week 6.
Without both of them, the Chiefs may struggle to stop the powerful Bucs defensive line.
Finally, Bucs S Antoine Winfield, who missed the NFC Championship game, will be active for this game, and is not on the injury report at all.
Fellow S Jordan Whitehead, who was injured in the third quarter of the NFC Championship Game, has also not appeared on the injury report, meaning the Bucs secondary will get a solid boost.
They’ll need it.
Patrick Mahomes Passing Yards
- Over 331 -125
- Over 341 -111
- Over 351 +100
Mahomes has a truly titanic yards O/U line in this game, but with the loss of Fisher and the return of Winfield and Whitehead, are the Bucs in a better position to stop him than many think?
Bettors have only a few more hours to put their money where their mouth is.