Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid dismissed the suggestion that the team was dishonest about receiver Kadarius Toney’s injury status.
Toney, a former first-round draft pick from the Giants, was declared unavailable for the Chiefs’ AFC Championship game against the Ravens due to a hip injury and personal reasons. However, Toney later vented his frustration on Instagram, indicating he was healthy and implying the team was not truthful about his availability.
In response, Coach Reid addressed the situation on Monday, stating, “Yeah, well, obviously he’s been on the injury report. So that part, that’s not made up by any means. But he’s been working through some things, and he’ll be back out there [at practice].”
Toney, who recently became a father, did not mention his daughter’s birth in the Instagram video where he expressed his discontent. Reid, unaware of the video, mentioned, “I actually haven’t seen it. I heard people talk about it. But yeah, he’ll be back out there, and we’ll see how he does.”
Toney’s absence from the AFC Championship game wasn’t unexpected, given his performance in Week 15 and a prior offsides penalty in a nationally televised loss to the Bills. Despite the controversy, Reid anticipates Toney’s return to practice and will assess his performance moving forward.