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Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Willie Gay is unable to play in the Super Bowl.
The battered Kansas City Chiefs will lose another key player in Super Bowl 55 after rookie linebacker Willie Gay underwent emergency surgery on Thursday to repair a torn meniscus.
Gay wasn’t part of the Super Bowl 54 team a season ago as he played for Joe Moorhead’s Mississippi State Bulldogs in the SEC. Kansas City used a second round for the linebacker. He played for the Chiefs in all 16 regular season games and made eight starts in his rookie season. The timing of this injury – in practice, while preparing for the biggest game of his life – makes this illness even more heartbreaking.
How sure are we that the Chiefs will repeat themselves as Super Bowl champions?
Kansas City has only lost one game that actually tried this season. The Chiefs are poised to be the first team to repeat themselves as Super Bowl champions since the New England Patriots 2003-04. Despite being the alleged favorite, they’ll face the greatest quarterback of all time in Tom Brady, whose Buccaneers will play a home game in Tampa.
The main reason the Buccaneers could upset the Green Bay Packers in the 2020 NFC championship game was because they could put relentless pressure on opposing quarterback Aaron Rodgers. They used the offensive attack against David Bahktiari. Since Kansas City may have lost both Mitchell Schwartz and Eric Fisher starts, this could be a big problem.
Gay won’t have to wait until next year at the earliest to play his first career Super Bowl.