On Wednesday, the Chiefs did add offensive lineman Mike Remmers — who had been on injured reserve — to the Reserve/COVID-19 list. Meanwhile, the three players who missed last Thursday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers — linebacker Willie Gay Jr., wide receiver Josh Gordon and defensive lineman Chris Jones — returned to practice. Gay and Gordon returned on Wednesday, and Jones returned on Thursday.
Just leaving practice field. Chiefs DL Chris Jones is back to work, a sign he’s off the reserve/COVID-19 list. pic.twitter.com/FdU3u1A3Hz— Herbie Teope (@HerbieTeope) December 23, 2021
The Chiefs later announced that cornerback Charvarius Ward also returned to the practice field and active roster on Thursday.
At the time of this writing, here are the rest of the players still on the Chiefs’ Reserve/COVID-19 list: kicker Harrison Butker and tight end Travis Kelce (all added to the list on Monday), tight end Blake Bell, linebacker Nick Bolton, cornerback Rashad Fenton, wide receiver Tyreek Hill, offensive linemen Kyle Long and Lucas Niang and safety Armani Watts (all added to the list on Tuesday).
Wide receivers Gehrig Dieter and Daurice Fountain and linebacker Darius Harris remain on the practice squad Reserve/COVID-19 list.
The Chiefs remain optimistic that under the league’s new COVID-19 testing protocols (which include a lower viral-load threshold), they could get more players back on Thursday afternoon, Friday or Saturday leading into the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
With Kansas City’s outbreak seemingly curbed, the game should go off as scheduled: 3:25 p.m. Arrowhead Time on Sunday.