And Super Bowl LV has its first COVID issues: Chiefs placed center Daniel Kilgore and WR Demarcus Robinson on the Reserve/COVID-19 due to close contact, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 1, 2021
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid confirmed the report.
As Schefter notes, Robinson and Kilgore have been added to the list since they were in close contact with an infected individual. Both will now be isolated from the team. So long as they test negatively over the next six days leading into the game, it is possible both can still participate in Super Bowl LV.
As Tyreek Hill noted Monday to reporters, the #Chiefs are taking major precautions, including having barbers tested for COVID to do haircuts at the team facility. This barber tested negative five straight days ... then found out mid-cut with Daniel Kilgore he’d tested positive. https://t.co/2zVU2hipwn— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) February 2, 2021
Worth noting in the wake of two #Chiefs players being placed on the COVID-19 reserve list due to high-risk close contacts: No KC player or staffer tested positive in the latest round of testing, source said.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 2, 2021
Robinson has played in 65% of the Chiefs’ offensive snaps in 2020, catching 45 passes for 466 yards and three touchdowns. Robinson has one catch for 14 yards in the playoffs. Kilgore started four regular-season games at center for the Chiefs this year.
Any player that tests positive for COVID-19 is automatically ruled out for the Super Bowl, so this will be something worth monitoring as we draw closer to the game.
According to friend-of-the-site Matt Derrick of Chiefs Digest, the Chiefs have also designated tight end Deon Yelder to return from injured reserve.