Oct 12, 2023; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Mecole Hardman Jr. (12) returns a kick as Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Chris Rumph II (94) attempts the tackle during the game at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs place WR Mecole Hardman (thumb) on IR

The Kansas City Chiefs placed receiver/returner Mecole Hardman on injured reserve on Saturday due to a sprained thumb.

Hardman sustained the injury during Monday’s loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Hardman didn’t practice all week and the team ruled him out of Sunday’s game against the host Las Vegas Raiders on Friday.

Hardman was acquired from the New York Jets in mid-October for his second stint with Kansas City.

He has eight receptions for 41 yards in four games since returning to the Chiefs. He had one catch for 6 yards in five games with the Jets.

Hardman has 160 receptions for 2,135 yards and 16 touchdowns in 66 career games (27 starts) in five seasons with the Chiefs and Jets.

He was a Pro Bowl selection as a return specialist as a rookie in 2019. Hardman averaged 26.1 yards with a touchdown on kickoffs that season and 9.3 on punt returns.

Hardman returned a punt for a score in 2020. This season, he is averaging 8.7 yards on seven punt returns and went for 14 yards on his lone kickoff return.

Kansas City also elevated running back La’Mical Perine and receiver Montrell Washington from the practice squad for Sunday’s game.

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Aug 12, 2023; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Mecole Hardman Jr. (6) starts his route during the first quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Jets trade Mecole Hardman back to Chiefs

The New York Jets traded wide receiver Mecole Hardman back to the Kansas City Chiefs, ESPN reported Wednesday.

Hardman played his first four seasons with the Chiefs before signing a one-year, $4 million deal with the Jets in March.

Hardman played just 28 offensive snaps and caught one pass for 6 yards in five games this season with New York.

The Jets are sending Hardman and a 2025 seventh-round pick to the Chiefs in exchange for a 2025 sixth-rounder, per the report.

A second-round pick by Kansas City in 2019, Hardman made the Pro Bowl as a special teams player during his rookie season. He won two Super Bowls with the Chiefs.

Hardman, 25, has 152 career receptions for 2,094 yards and 16 touchdowns in 62 games (26 starts) with the Chiefs and Jets.

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October 23, 2022; Santa Clara, California, USA; Kansas City Chiefs guard Nick Allegretti (73) after the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Super babies: Chiefs G Nick Allegretti welcomes twin girls

Chiefs guard Nick Allegretti never will forget Feb. 12, 2023, regardless of whether Kansas City wins Super Bowl LVII.

NFL Network reported that Allegretti’s wife, Christina, gave birth to healthy twin girls at 3:30 a.m. in Chicago. Nick and his family shared the experience with Christina and her family via FaceTime from the hotel lobby.

Allegretti, 26, is in his fourth season with the Chiefs.

Meanwhile, wide receiver Mecole Hardman tweeted Sunday about his impending fatherhood. He and his girlfriend, Chariah Gordon, announced the pregnancy last fall.

“OMG HER WATER BROKE,” he wrote in the early hours.

Hardman, 24, is on injured reserve and wasn’t playing in the game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Glendale, Ariz.

Meanwhile, Kylie Kelce — the wife of Eagles star center Jason Kelce — is due to give birth to the couple’s third daughter any day. She traveled to Arizona with a crew that included her obstetricians from back home and extended family in case she goes into labor during the game.

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Oct 16, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (25) runs with the ball during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs activate RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire from IR

The Kansas City Chiefs on Monday activated running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire from injured reserve, swapping places onto the active roster with wide receiver Mecole Hardman.

Hardman will miss the Super Bowl, as expected, with his own ongoing injury issues. Edwards-Helaire will be active for the first time since Week 11, when he sustained a high-ankle sprain against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Edwards-Helaire will rejoin the backfield of Isiah Pacheco and Jerick McKinnon, both of whom have picked up the slack in his absence. McKinnon has nine receiving touchdowns out of the backfield this season, eight in Edwards-Helaire’s absence.

Pacheco led the Chiefs in rushing, with 830 yards during the regular season to go with five TDs.

Pacheco is listed as the No. 1 RB with Edwards-Helaire No. 2.

Edwards-Helaire rushed for 302 yards and three TDs before the injury. He also caught 17 passes for 151 yards and three TDs.

Hardman missed the second half of the regular season with a pelvis injury and was brought back in time for the AFC Championship Game. He was able to play just 15 offensive snaps before aggravating the injury.

The Chiefs play the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday in Super Bowl LVII at Glendale, Ariz.

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Nov 6, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Mecole Hardman (17) runs the ball against Tennessee Titans linebacker Zach Cunningham (41) during the first half at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Super Bowl LVII injury report: Three Chiefs WRs sit out this week

If Super Bowl LVII were being played Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs would be looking thin at wide receiver.

But the game against the Philadelphia Eagles isn’t until Feb. 12, giving Mecole Hardman, JuJu Smith-Schuster and Kadarius Toney more time to heal in hopes of playing in the big game.

Hardman (pelvis), Smith-Schuster (knee) and Toney (ankle, hamstring) did not practice this week. The Chiefs’ estimated game status report marked Hardman as doubtful and the other two as questionable.

NFL Network reported Thursday that Hardman was seeking second opinions on his injury to see if there was a way he could play. Hardman missed the second half of the regular season with the injury and was brought back in time for the AFC Championship Game, where he was able to play just 15 offensive snaps.

Chiefs cornerback L’Jarius Sneed (concussion) and linebacker Willie Gay (shoulder) were also estimated as questionable. Sneed hasn’t practiced this week while Gay was limited each day.

For the Eagles, cornerback Avonte Maddox was among those who sat out practice Friday due to a toe injury.

Maddox was seen wearing a boot on his left foot at practice, but the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that the Eagles are holding him out as a precautionary measure and he will be able to play in the Super Bowl.

Maddox has been in and out of the lineup with injuries this season. He missed four games in November and early December when a hamstring injury sent him to injured reserve.

He suffered what was reported to be a “significant” toe injury Christmas Eve against the Dallas Cowboys and missed the final two regular-season games, plus Philadelphia’s divisional round win over the New York Giants. He returned for Sunday’s NFC Championship Game and had three tackles, one for a loss.

Tackle Lane Johnson (groin), guard Landon Dickerson (elbow), center Cam Jurgens (hip) and defensive end Robert Quinn (foot) all sat out Friday’s practice while also carrying the “rest” designation. Eight other veteran Eagles players were listed as limited participants due to rest.

Philadelphia did not offer estimated game statuses for their injured players.

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Jan 21, 2023; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Mecole Hardman (17) greets fans prior to an AFC divisional round game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs WR Mecole Hardman unlikely to play vs. Eagles

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Mecole Hardman’s availability to play in Super Bowl LVII is trending in the wrong direction, coach Andy Reid announced Thursday.

Hardman initially sustained a pelvis injury during the Chiefs’ 20-17 overtime victory versus the Tennessee Titans on Nov. 6. He returned from a lengthy layoff on Sunday before aggravating the injury in Kansas City’s 23-20 win over the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Championship Game.

“I doubt that he’ll make the Super Bowl. He was not going to be denied the other day. That’s a tribute to the kid. He (pushes) himself like no other. He’s a tough, tough kid,” Reid said.

Hardman, fellow wideouts JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) and Kadarius Toney (ankle), and cornerback L’Jarius Sneed (concussion) were not expected to practice on Thursday, per Reid. The coach, however, did share optimistic outlooks for Smith-Schuster and Toney, even going so far as to say Thursday that the former is in “in a good place” for the Super Bowl.

As for Jalen Hurts, the Eagles quarterback said Thursday that his ailing shoulder continues to progress with each passing day.

“I’m getting there. I’ve made it clear this whole time it’s something I’m dealing with,” Hurts said.

Also on Thursday, the Eagles opened the 21-day practice window for Arryn Siposs. The right-footed punter was placed on injured reserve after injuring his ankle on his plant leg during Philadelphia’s 35-10 victory over Tennessee on Dec. 11.

Siposs, 30, averaged 45.6 yards per punt in 13 games this season.

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Nov 6, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Mecole Hardman (17) races past Tennessee Titans cornerback Terrance Mitchell (39) during the second quarter  at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: George Walker IV / Tennessean.com

Chiefs activate WR Mecole Hardman (pelvis) from IR

The Kansas City Chiefs activated receiver Mecole Hardman from injured reserve on Wednesday to beat a deadline.

Hardman, who has a pelvis injury, began practicing last month and the 21-day window to activate him was set to expire Wednesday.

Hardman would have had to miss the rest of the season if Kansas City chose not to activate him in time.

He was a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice.

“Mecole went out and did some good work today,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said after practice. “We’re going to see how he feels tomorrow. He’s day-by-day. He’s trying his heart out to get back in here.”

Hardman was injured in Week 9 against the Tennessee Titans. He has 25 receptions for 297 yards and four touchdowns and also has two rushing scores in eight games (five starts).

In four seasons with Kansas City, Hardman has 151 catches for 2,088 yards and 16 touchdown catches.

Also, Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker missed practice with a back injury. Reid said the team may need to bring in another kicker in case Butker can’t go in Saturday’s game against the Las Vegas Raiders.

“Yeah, there’s a chance we do,” Reid said. “He’s doing OK, but just from a security standpoint, there’s a chance we might do that. That’s nothing with Harrison, we have full trust in Harrison.”

–Field Level Media