Kadarius Toney clarifies injury status after fractious Instagram Live: ‘I would never attack the Chiefs’

Kadarius Toney walked back negative comments he made on Instagram Live ahead of the Chiefs’ AFC championship clash with the Ravens.

Kansas City ruled out the 25-year-old receiver due to personal reasons — the birth of his first child one day earlier — as well as a hip injury.

Toney last appeared in the team’s Week 15 win over the Patriots on Dec. 17. But while the Chiefs have cited hip and ankle injuries for Toney’s absences, he didn’t quite agree with that assessment, as he stated in an expletive-filled Instagram Live video.

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“I’m not hurt,” he said, adding: “It go from hip to ankle to this to that.”

On the first day of Super Bowl week, though Toney struck a different tone with reporters.

“I would never attack the Chiefs, never said anything about the Chiefs,” Toney said Monday. “Who I was referring to was the Giants fans, whoever the people were in my comments box, not even on my live recording so you wouldn’t even know they were there.

“I shouldn’t have done that. At the end of the day, I’m a man, and at the end of the day, I can accept my mistakes just like I accept my wins. I’m just moving past that right now.”

Toney’s seeming insolence prompted a response from head coach Andy Reid. Reid offered his two cents on Toney’s Instagram Live comments the day after Kansas City punched its ticket to the Super Bowl with its AFC championship win against the Ravens.

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“He’s been on the injury report, [so] that part is not made up by any means,” Reid told reporters, per ESPN.

Toney is back in practice and available for selection for the Super Bowl. Whether he plays is a different question for the 25-year old, whose role has shrunk significantly compared to the one he appeared destined to fill when he first arrived in Kansas City via trade in 2022.

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