Charles Omenihu’s influence will be evident in the Chiefs’ Super Bowl preparations.

Charles Omenihu’s influence will be evident in the Chiefs’ Super Bowl preparations.

Kansas City Chiefs’ defensive lineman Charles Omenihu will be absent from Super Bowl LVIII due to a torn ACL sustained during the AFC Championship’s 17-10 victory over the Baltimore Ravens.

Despite his absence, teammates emphasize that Omenihu’s impact goes beyond the field.

His notable second-quarter strip-sack of Lamar Jackson, recovered by George Karlaftis, showcased his significant contribution.

Linebacker Nick Bolton acknowledges the loss, stating, “It’s huge.

We missed him earlier in the season. He’s one of those guys that I’d hate to see go down.

He’s worked hard for this moment.”

Having concluded the season with eight total sacks and a forced fumble, Omenihu now takes on a different role, providing valuable insights and positive energy to support the team in the championship game.

Bolton shares a conversation with Omenihu, expressing the team’s need for his presence in spirit. Despite his physical absence, Omenihu is expected to contribute his energy and positivity.

Bolton notes, “We’re gonna need your energy. We’re gonna need your positivity.

We’re just going to lean on him a little bit — and he’s gonna lean on us as he goes into this process.”

Having joined the Chiefs from the San Francisco 49ers in March, Omenihu brought both

on-field prowess and a positive influence in the locker room, akin to teammates Willie Gay Jr. and Chris Jones.

Bolton highlights the importance of maintaining a fun atmosphere, with Omenihu playing a

role in encouraging the team to embrace their personalities and enjoy the game, regardless of the grand stage.

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