Super Bowl media pool report: Chiefs conduct ‘mock game’ Saturday

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, right, and head coach Andy Reid watch practice for Super Bowl 58 Friday, Feb. 9, 2024 in Henderson, Nev. The Chiefs will play the NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, right, and head coach Andy Reid watch practice for Super Bowl 58 Friday, Feb. 9, 2024 in Henderson, Nev. The Chiefs will play the NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

HENDERSON, Nev. — Coach Andy Reid, in the final on-field prep work for Super Bowl 58, said his Kansas City team “got everything covered that we needed to get covered” in the usual Saturday “mock game” practice that has become a staple of his game weeks.

Reid held the final tuneup, lasting for 27 minutes, for Sunday’s game (6:30 p.m., CBS) on a sunny, breezy 48-degree late morning; the temperature never got above 50 in Kansas City’s practice sessions at the Raiders’ Intermountain Health Performance Center. The players went through plays installed in Sunday’s game plan, then took a team photo, then returned to their hotel for about six free hours. Reid said the team would hold customary 7 p.m. night-before-the-game team meetings Saturday in its Nevada hotel.

“We’ve got a short day tomorrow with the earlier (3:30 p.m. PT) game. It’s not a night game, which is good. The guys practiced fast. They were accurate with their assignments. I was pleased with what I saw. I think they’re ready to go play.”

Kansas City has ruled out left guard Joe Thuney, who didn’t progress well enough from a three-week-old pectoral injury to be active Sunday. In his place likely will be backup Nick Allegretti, who also started in the Super Bowl against San Francisco four years ago and who practiced as the starter all week at left guard.

Reid said he expected a normal Saturday night of prep, including a tradition he’s had for his 11 seasons as Kansas City’s coach.

“We always finish with a cheeseburger,” Reid said.

- Peter King is a reporter for NBC Sports.

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