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Chiefs WR Kadarius Toney disputes controversial Instagram Live post

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Kadarius Toney is pushing back against an Instagram Live session where he stated that he has been healthy enough to play.

Toney has been a healthy scratch for the Chiefs’ Super Bowl run missing the last six games, including the AFC Championship against the Baltimore Ravens where he left the team to witness the birth of his child and was out because of an ongoing hip and ankle injury.

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The Florida product went on Instagram Live to inform fans — in an expletive-laced tirade — that he was not hurt despite being listed on the injury report throughout the season.

“Man, that s— cap,” he said on the post. “I’m not hurt.”

On Monday night, in the Chiefs’ first Super Bowl LVIII media availability, Toney said that the footage was altered from past footage of him addressing New York Giants (the team that drafted him in 2021) fans to make it look like he was attacking the Chiefs.

“It made it [look] like l was attacking the ones I love the most,” Toney said. “I never attacked the Chiefs, never said anything about the Chiefs.”

The 25-year-old also said that he is healthy and that he wanted to voice his message about his injury but apologized for how he did it.

“I shouldn’t have did it. At the end of the day, I’m a man. I can accept my mistakes just like I accept my wins. I’m just moving past that. We’re here now.

“We’re just trying to win.”

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The person who interviewed him, former NFL running back Michael Robinson, also asked him if he is the number 1 receiver in the league.

“If I get the ball, yeah.”

Head coach Andy Reid said he didn’t know anything about the footage when asked about it after the AFC Championship but reaffirmed that he has been on the injury report with a hip/ankle injury.

Tight end Travis Kelce voiced support for Toney during the bye week before the Super Bowl and special teams coordinator Dave Toub said he could be the team’s punt returner against the San Francisco 49ers.

The 2021 first-round pick was hailed as one of the team’s top offensive weapons going into the 2023 season. He flashed his incredible athletic ability despite just three touchdowns in 10 games in 2022 (including playoffs) after the Chiefs traded for him from the Giants.

But the 25-year-old failed to live up to those expectations with drops and an inability to stay on the field because of health and inadequate play.

He garnered just 27 catches, 169 yards and one touchdown this season.

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Toney left his mark in last year’s Super Bowl with a receiving touchdown and a 65-yard punt return that helped the Chiefs increase their lead over the Philadelphia Eagles to 35-27 in the fourth quarter.

He only played eight snaps in Super Bowl LVII.

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