The Chiefs and the Eagles had an extra week to recover before the 2023 Super Bowl, and it allowed both teams to shake off a majority of their health concerns before the big game.
Neither the Chiefs nor the Eagles had players listed on their final injury reports before Super Bowl 57. However, there are still a handful of players at less than 100 percent for the big game, and that includes the quarterback for each team.
Both Patrick Mahomes and Jalen Hurts are dealing with lingering injuries that could slightly hamper them on the field Sunday. Both quarterbacks are expected to play through the minor problems, but each will have to be careful as they look to avoid aggravating their maladies.
Below are the latest updates on Mahomes and Hurts as the 2023 Super Bowl prepares to kick off.
Patrick Mahomes injury update
Mahomes is continuing to deal with the affect-effects of a high-ankle sprain suffered three weeks ago in the divisional round of the 2023 NFL playoffs against the Jaguars.
Mahomes has been able to play through the sprain and missed just one full drive against Jacksonville because of it. However, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport explained that the injury was a "pretty significant" one that will keep him from being fully healthy in Super Bowl 57.
"He's not 100 percent. That tissue is still inflamed," Rapoport said of Mahomes. "But he is going to play."
The wing-themed @NFLGameDay Notebook with @MikeGarafolo and @TomPelissero: Both #Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes and #Eagles QB Jalen Hurts are battling through pain; Tua Tagovailoa is using Judo to protect himself; The #Raiders are expected to release QB Derek Carr. pic.twitter.com/xwZDFlo3XC— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 12, 2023
Mahomes may not be at full strength, but NFL Network's James Palmer detailed on Super Bowl Sunday that the quarterback was "wowing" his teammates at practice. He also reports that the Chiefs are expected to have their full playbook at their disposal even despite Mahomes' balky ankle.
A throw on Wednesday in practice showed the #chiefs coaching staff everything they needed. I was just told everything they had questions about within their game plan connected to Mahomes ankle … all of them are available tonight. 👀 pic.twitter.com/YrHtugHzl3— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) February 12, 2023
So, it seems that barring a setback, Mahomes' ankle shouldn't be too much of a problem as the Chiefs try to win their third Super Bowl.
Jalen Hurts injury update
Mahomes isn't the only quarterback dealing with health concerns ahead of Super Bowl 57. Eagles signal-caller Jalen Hurts is also "playing in pain."
So, what ails Hurts? He is still dealing with complications from a shoulder injury — specifically an SC joint sprain — that kept him out of two games in Weeks 16 and 17 of the NFL season.
"The tendon is kind of inflamed and gives him discomfort," Rapoport said. "It's like an ankle sprain, you have to get through it. He's also not 100 percent. Somehow, he's been able to get out there. He will play today."
Hurts has had longer to recover than Mahomes and has shown no ill effects during the 2023 postseason. In two games, he has completed 63.3 percent of his passes for 275 yards and two touchdowns while adding 73 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
He will look to find similar success and efficiency in the biggest game of his young career.
Who is the Chiefs backup quarterback?
Should Mahomes suffer any sort of setback or injury in the Super Bowl, the Chiefs would turn to Chad Henne as their top passer.
Henne, 37, has been in the NFL since being selected in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Dolphins. He has a career record of 18-36 as a starter but has operated efficiently within the Kansas City offense.
Henne logged 23 yards and a touchdown in relief of Mahomes in the win over the Jaguars. He also guided the Chiefs to a win over the Browns when Mahomes suffered a concussion in the 2021 playoffs.
Below is a full look at the Chiefs' three-man quarterback depth chart:
Only Mahomes and Henne are active for Super Bowl 57.
Who is the Eagles' backup quarterback?
Gardner Minshew would relieve Jalen Hurts as the starter if the Eagles' top passer suffers any issues during the Super Bowl.
Minshew, 26, is in his second season with the Eagles and has started four games with the team over two years. He has done well statistically, completing 62.5 percent of his passes for 1,102 yards, seven touchdowns and four interceptions during his time in Philadelphia, but he has a record of just 1-3 in four starts.
Below is a full look at the Eagles' three-man quarterback depth chart:
Like Buechele, Book is inactive for the 2023 Super Bowl. Hurts and Minshew are the only quarterbacks active for the Eagles as a result.