MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Running back LeSean McCoy is inactive for the Kansas City Chiefs as they play the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl.
The veteran joined the team earlier this season, but he fell out of favor down the stretch and was inactive for a series of late-season games. That leaves the Chiefs with only Damien Williams and sixth-round pick Darwin Thompson at the position.
The 49ers are dressing four running backs for the first time this postseason with Jeff Wilson Jr. active as insurance because Tevin Coleman is nursing a shoulder injury. Raheem Mostert and Matt Breida are the other two running backs.
Chad Henne is inactive for Kansas City, which means Matt Moore will back up quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
The other inactives for the Chiefs are linebacker Darron Lee, cornerback Morris Claiborne and offensive linemen Ryan Hunter, Andrew Wylie and Jackson Barton. Wylie started earlier this season before an injury pushed him to the bench.
The inactive players for the 49ers are quarterback C.J. Beathard, receiver Dante Pettis, cornerback Dontae Johnson, tight end Daniel Helm, linebacker Azeez Al-Shaair, receiver Jordan Matthews and defensive lineman Kevin Givens.
Chiefs defensive line coach Brendan Daly has a tradition of running the stairs inside the stadium before games, and not even fans trickling into Hard Rock Stadium or the perplexed Super Bowl security staff was stopping him Sunday.
About 3 1/2 hours before kickoff, Daly emerged from the tunnel to dutifully get his exercise in.
Daly started the routine with Patriots assistants Chad O'Shea and Brian Flores — now coach of the Miami Dolphins — when the trio was in New England. And when they reached the Super Bowl each of the past two seasons, they continued to run the stairs before the game.
Daly left the Patriots after last season to join coach Andy Reid's staff in Kansas City. The tradition continues with the Chiefs.
It was five years ago the Royals brought home a championship to Kansas City, and now the players who were part of the 2015 World Series team are pulling for the Chiefs to deliver another parade.
"I'm getting goosebumps just thinking about it," longtime outfielder Alex Gordon said. "It's like looking in a mirror from 2014 and 2015, the way they've gone about the playoffs, the way they compete together on the field, having fun, coming from behind in almost every game. It just reminds me what we went through."
Left-hander Danny Duffy grew up a fan of the Broncos, one of the Chiefs' bitter enemies. His uncles like them so Duffy just joined the crowd. But he's gotten to know some of the Chiefs players and he'll be rooting for them Sunday night.
"They carry the same passion we have for this city. It's not really something you can articulate," Duffy said. "If they win it's going to be really cool to have a different view of how the parade is going to be. I barely got to soak in the parade. It was like, 'Holy crud!' Did I just say, 'Crud'? It would be cool. I think they're going to win, and I'll be excited for the parade."