Chiefs’ Tyrann Mathieu remains in COVID protocol

Chiefs DB Tyrann Mathieu. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Chiefs DB Tyrann Mathieu. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports /

On Monday, Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid told media he’s still waiting for star safety Tyrann Mathieu to clear COVID protocols.

The Kansas City Chiefs have a huge game on Sunday. Will Tyrann Mathieu be there?

While there’s still a full week ahead, the Chiefs aren’t sure. In his latest presser, head coach Andy Reid talked about the situation and said Mathieu remains in the COVID-19 league protocol. For vaccinated players, which Mathieu is, as first reported by FanSided, a player must be without symptoms for two days and then have consecutive negative tests.

With the Week 1 game against the Cleveland Browns at Arrowhead Stadium still six days away, there’s plenty of reason to believe the First-Team All-Pro will be there. According to Nate Taylor of The Athletic, the Chiefs are internally optimistic about the prospect.

Tyrann Mathieu remains in COVID-19 protocol for the Chiefs

The news of Mathieu first being placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list came out late last week. Had he not been vaccinated, the team captain would have been right up against the deadline for having a minimum 10-day quarantine, testing negative and still being able to play.

However, with Mathieu being responsible along with almost all of his other teammates, he gives himself a much shorter road back. While COVID isn’t something many fans — and believe me, reporters — want to continue discussing, whether a player gets the jab is a huge competitive advantage. We’re seeing that with Mathieu’s timeline.

For Kansas City, it’s a critical Week 1 game against the Browns, who are one of their main rivals in the AFC. Over at WynnBet, the Chiefs are six-point favorites.