Feb 4, 2021; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce during practice as they prepare for Super Bowl LV against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Mandatory Credit: Steve Sanders/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs fired up in final full practice as WR Demarcus Robinson returns

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A brisk cold, with Friday morning temperatures in the low 30s, didn’t stop the Chiefs’ enthusiasm during an outdoor practice.

A Ric Flair-like “Woo!” and thunderous applause from players following virtually every play on either side of the football filled the air.

The effort had Kansas City head coach Andy Reid coming away pleased with the Chiefs’ performance in the final stages of preparations before they square off against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV on Sunday in Tampa.

“Listen, it’s a shorter practice today, so they’re fired up to get through it and get going,” Reid said.

The Chiefs’ workout included wide receiver Demarcus Robinson, who returned from the Reserve/COVID-19 list after clearing the NFL’s mandated safety protocols. Robinson hit the ground running and impressed Reid.

“He was good,” Reid said. “He’s been working out.”

The Chiefs listed left tackle Eric Fisher (Achilles) and rookie linebacker Willie Gay Jr. (knee, ankle) as out for Sunday’s game, while wide receiver Sammy Watkins (calf) is officially designated as questionable.

Reid, however, doesn’t appear concerned over Watkins’ availability against the Buccaneers after seeing the veteran wide receiver return to a full practice Friday after limited sessions the previous two days.

“He did good,” Reid said. “I’m encouraged to have him on Sunday. I think he’ll be there.”

Backup running back Darwin Thompson missed Friday’s practice because of an illness, Reid said. The Chiefs did not assign a game designation on Thompson on the injury report, indicating the second-year running back will be available for action barring a setback. Backup center Daniel Kilgore remains away from the training facility while he continues to go through safety protocols after landing on the Reserve/COVID-19 list earlier in the week.

In the meantime, the Chiefs are scheduled for a Saturday morning walk-through practice before boarding an afternoon flight for Tampa.

With less than 48 hours to go before Super Sunday and almost two weeks since the last time the Chiefs played in the AFC Championship Game, Friday’s practice provided a sign of the excitement level knowing what comes next.

“It’s been two weeks,” Reid said. “I think both sides want to play each other and get it on.”

(The Super Bowl pool report was produced by Herbie Teope of the NFLPA and distributed to accredited media.)

–Field Level Media

Feb 2, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Antoine Winfield Jr. during NFL football practice, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021 in Tampa, Fla. The Buccaneers will face the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl 55.  Mandatory Credit: Tori Richman/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

Buccaneers ‘ready to roll’ into Super Bowl

TAMPA, Fla. — A little more than two days before kickoff to Super Bowl LV, Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians and his staff put some of the final touches on the game plan for the Kansas City Chiefs and pronounced his team nearly prepared.

“They’re ready to roll. They’re ready to go,” Arians said of his team. “It’s just dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s and finalizing it all the way until game time.”

Under sunny skies and a temperature of 70 degrees, the Bucs flags were flying Friday thanks to a strong west wind.

The Bucs practiced for about 90 minutes, working on various situations such as short yardage and goal line on both sides of the football. But instead of full-speed, Arians decided to make Friday’s practice a glorified walk-through.

“We had enough full speed workouts,” Arians said. “We just decided to jog through it with goal line, short yardage and all that situational stuff.”

There weren’t too many changes on the injury front. However, tight end Cameron Brate did not practice after injuring his back Thursday.

Arians said he will be listed as questionable for Super Bowl LV.

Receiver Antonio Brown, who missed the NFC Championship Game with a knee injury, had full participation in practice Friday and has shown no ill-effects of his increased reps.

Linebacker Lavonte David (hamstring) also practiced for the third straight day.

Safeties Antoine Winfield Jr. (ankle) and Jordan Whitehead (shoulder) also practiced. Whitehead did not need to wear a non-contact jersey Friday.

Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and outside linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul did not practice Friday, which has been their routine as part of a veteran’s day off.

Practicing at the AdventHealth Training Center, Arians said it has been unusually seamless for a Super Bowl week.

“It’s been normal, but so abnormal for a Super Bowl,” ArIans said. “But it’s easy for both teams. It’s like an away game for them and for us it’s a home game. It’s great for preparation — on our fields, in our locker rooms, eating our own food.”

The Bucs have a walk-through practice Saturday and will board buses at their facility later in the afternoon for a short ride to a team hotel where they will remain until Sunday.

Excitement is building for the Bucs, but they know there is still many more hours before Super Bowl LV.

“We’ve been telling them you’ve got to control your emotions until game time,” Arians said.

(The Super Bowl pool report was produced by Rick Stroud of the PFWA and distributed to accredited media.)

–Field Level Media

Feb 3, 2021; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) during practice as the team prepares for Super Bowl LV against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Mandatory Credit: Steve Sanders/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs escape chill, head inside for Super Bowl prep

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Winter conditions didn’t stop the Chiefs from getting in a Thursday practice.

The Chiefs found an easy solution by electing for an indoor workout at their training facility rather than brave the outdoors where blowing snow and temperatures hovered in the low 30s, a far cry from what awaits the Chiefs in Tampa for Super Bowl LV.

There are no worries about a quick acclimation to Florida weather, however.

“We moved indoors because of the weather, but we’ll be all right,” Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said. “It was warm in here.”

With warm air blowing through the ventilation system, the Chiefs went to work in the controlled environment without four players.

Left tackle Eric Fisher (Achilles) and rookie linebacker Willie Gay Jr. (knee, ankle) continued to miss work. Wide receiver Demarcus Robinson and center Daniel Kilgore, both of whom were placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, were not present for practice.

Wide receiver Sammy Watkins (calf) and running back Le’Veon Bell (knee), both designated as limited participants in Wednesday’s practice, were observed working on the field with teammates.

Meanwhile, the Chiefs’ opponent, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, simulated a long halftime during Wednesday’s practice by moving from outdoors to indoors.

The Chiefs have a relatively intact roster from their Super Bowl-winning team of the 2019 season, so experience will matter in dealing with built-in breaks during the game. Reid also points out his players and coaching staff are ready as part of their game preparations.

“We cover all that,” Reid said. “We cover it all.”

The Chiefs wrapped up Thursday practice in good spirits and eye Super Sunday, which is a short two days away.

The final preparations include a final media session Thursday ahead of two more practices Friday and Saturday. The Chiefs then board a flight Saturday afternoon for the trip to Tampa.

Knowing the last round of media availability signals the closeness of the game had the Chiefs head coach in a good mood.

“I’m real happy,” Reid said with an enthusiastic thumbs-up gesture.

(The Super Bowl pool report was produced by Herbie Teope of the NFLPA and distributed to accredited media)

–Field Level Media