Chiefs’ Tyrann Mathieu remains in COVID protocol

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.