Chiefs place DB Tyrann Mathieu on Reserve/COVID-19 list

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Chiefs place DB Tyrann Mathieu on Reserve/COVID-19 list
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The Kansas City Chiefs have added a player to the Reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of the start of the 2021 NFL season.

According to multiple reports, DB Tyrann Mathieu is going on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. This is the result of a positive COVID-19 test per NFL Network reporter Tom Pelissero. This is notable news with the Chiefs’ Week 1 game against the Cleveland Browns just 11 days away.

Under NFL rules, Mathieu can miss anywhere from 3-10 days based on his vaccination status and symptoms. If Mathieu is vaccinated, he can return to practice after two negative tests taken at least 24 hours apart so long as he is asymptomatic. If he is not vaccinated, there is a mandatory 10-day isolation period, one that would potentially put his Week 1 status in question.

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The Chiefs have one of the highest rates of vaccinated players in the league. As of April, Mathieu hadn’t been vaccinated against the virus, but he said he had plans to do so in the future.

“I have not gotten my vaccination yet,” Mathieu said. “I’m hoping that I could do it soon. Obviously, it’s a choice for everybody involved. I think everybody has different perspectives on it. I think at the end of the day it’s all about trying to put yourself in the best position to live a healthy life going forward and then all the people around you. So I’m hoping I can get to that. We’re still kind of going through the process, me and my family, but I’m hoping we can do it.”

We can assume that Mathieu has since been vaccinated.

In a corresponding move, the Chiefs brought back WR Marcus Kemp, who was released during 53-man roster cuts on Tuesday.

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