Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Kadarius Toney (19) celebrates with quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) after scoring a touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles during the fourth quarter in Super Bowl LVII at State Farm Stadium in Glendale on Feb. 12, 2023.

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Chiefs WR Kadarius Toney undergoes knee surgery

Chiefs wide receiver Kadarius Toney is out several weeks following arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee.

Kansas City could be without Toney into the regular season, but head coach Andy Reid said the surgery performed Tuesday gives the electric playmaker a chance to return to the field for the opening game against the Detroit Lions on Sept. 7.

Reid said the procedure was performed Tuesday.

“We’ll just see. He’s determined that he’s going to be there,” Reid said of a Week 1 return. “I’m pulling for him.”

Toney was injured in training camp Sunday while working on punt returns. Reid said Toney felt the injury when he was attempting to change direction suddenly.

Toney also underwent an offseason “cleanup procedure” on his knee.

Tight end Travis Kelce said Monday that the Chiefs are going to need “KT” in order to be whole on offense.

“We’re going to miss KT, his ability to make a play out of nowhere and kind of gain that momentum. He was that piece for us in the Super Bowl, he was that piece for us throughout the season last year,” Kelce said.

Toney, 24, had 16 catches for 171 yards and two touchdowns in nine games split between the New York Giants and Kansas City Chiefs last season. The Chiefs acquired Toney from the Giants on Oct. 27 in exchange for a compensatory third-round pick and a sixth-round selection in the 2023 NFL Draft.

Toney’s biggest moments with Kansas City came in the 38-35 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LVII. Toney set a Super Bowl record with a 65-yard punt return that set up a fourth-quarter touchdown. He also caught a 5-yard scoring pass earlier in the final period.

Toney has totaled 55 receptions for 591 yards and two touchdowns in 19 games (eight starts) since being selected by the Giants in the first round (20th overall) of the 2021 NFL Draft.

He played in 10 games as a rookie and two in 2022 for the Giants, and then seven with Kansas City as injuries have been an issue for him.

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Zach Wilson has successful knee surgery, out 2-4 weeks

New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson is expected to miss two to four weeks after undergoing successful knee surgery on Tuesday, multiple outlets reported.

That timeframe, which the Jets were anticipating, means it’s likely Wilson will miss Week 1 of the regular season against the Baltimore Ravens on Sept. 11. The Jets won’t put Wilson on the field until he’s 100 percent recovered, per the reports.

Wilson had the surgery to repair a torn meniscus. He’s also dealing with a bone bruise.

Joe Flacco would be in line for the start Week 1 against his former team.

Prominent orthopedic surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache performed the surgery. NFL Network reported ElAttrache was able to trim the meniscus. No further damage was discovered during the procedure, per the reports.

Wilson was hurt during Friday night’s preseason opener in Philadelphia. He sustained the meniscus injury and bone bruise in the first quarter after rolling out of the pocket and scrambling to his right. He made a cut to evade an Eagles defender, lunged forward and came up limping.

Wilson completed 55.6 percent of his passes for 2,334 yards and nine touchdowns against 11 interceptions in 13 starts last season as a rookie.

Flacco, 37, will be the primary quarterback in practice and for the final two preseason games. Flacco won a Super Bowl as the starting quarterback of the Ravens but was unseated by Baltimore’s current starter, Lamar Jackson. Flacco is 0-5 as the Jets’ starter, including four starts in 2020.

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Illinois LB Jake Hansen (knee) to miss rest of season

Senior linebacker Jake Hansen’s career at Illinois is over following knee surgery.

The NCAA’s active career leader with 12 forced fumbles made the announcement Wednesday on Twitter.

“It pains me to say that I will not play another game as an Illinois football player,” Hansen wrote, in part.

“… I will look back at my time here with no regrets and will continue to cherish every moment I enjoyed here. With that said I look forward to pursuing my life long dream of playing in the NFL!”

Hansen was injured in the second quarter of the Fighting Illini’s 24-0 loss to Wisconsin on Oct. 9. He finishes the season with 32 tackles, two forced fumbles and one sack in five games.

A three-time team captain, he concluded his Illinois career with 276 tackles, eight sacks, seven fumble recoveries and three interceptions. His 12 forced fumbles are one shy of the school record held by Simeon Rice (1992-95).

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Bruce Arians, Bucs happy to have Tom Brady back

Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians delivered a concise summation when asked what impressed him most about quarterback Tom Brady’s activity on Tuesday.

“Went full speed,” Arians said after the team’s first minicamp practice, adding that Brady was typically eager for more work.

“He looked fine. I had to pull him out a couple (of times). The first period I said, ‘OK, you can have four,’ and he kept begging to go back in.”

A seven-time Super Bowl champion, Brady had minor surgery on his left knee after leading the Buccaneers to the title in February over the Kansas City Chiefs, but he seemingly believes he’s close to 100 percent.

Brady, who will turn 44 in August, posted a video of himself working out and had organized a workout with teammates last Friday.

Still, it was somewhat surprising that he was cleared fully.

“Yeah, the doctors and him – they both said he was good to go,” Arians said. “We’ll still be careful with what we’re doing with him, but trying to stop him from playing is pretty tough.”

Whether Brady can duplicate his 2020 regular season — 4,633 passing yards, 40 touchdowns, 65.7 completion percentage — is up for debate, but what’s one more year when he did what he did at age 43.

He’ll have an even better grasp of Tampa’s offense.

“It’s that second, third, fourth read, where the guys are going to be, knowing (where to throw). …

“All that verbiage isn’t new now, so he can spit it out, he knows what it means, he knows where they’re going to be,” Arians said.

With an increased level of comfort in Year 2 with the Bucs, Brady and his receivers could be more dangerous.

“I think the biggest difference is that the timing is a little bit better,” receiver Chris Godwin said. “Like you said, the difference in him knowing the playbook, knowing what he likes and what he doesn’t like, and us knowing what to expect in terms of ball placement, velocity on the ball. All those things really do help. I would say that’s the biggest difference.”

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