Tackles Eric Fisher, Mitchell Schwartz and Martinas Rankin were added to the reserve/COVID-19 list, but that does not automatically mean that any of them tested positive, since the list also accommodates those who are determined to be close contacts of someone who returned a positive test for the virus.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that Fisher, a 2018 Pro Bowler, is on the list due to a close contact, and he could appear when the Chiefs return from their bye on Sunday. The first-overall pick in 2013, Fisher has started all nine games for the Chiefs this season after core muscle surgery limited him to eight outings in the team's Super Bowl campaign.
Schwartz hasn't played since Week 6 after he suffered a back injury in the first quarter of that week's victory over the Buffalo Bills. Before the injury, the 2018 All-Pro had started every game throughout his nine-year career (134 games), which began when the Cleveland Browns selected him with the 37th pick out of California.
Rankin, a third-round selection by the Texans out of Mississippi State in 2018, was activated from the reserve/PUP list during the team's bye week and was slated to make his return from a knee injury sustained last season following the week off. He joined the Chiefs last season when the team sent running back Carlos Hyde to Houston.
The Chiefs moved wide receiver Mecole Hardman to the reserve/COVID-19 list before their Week 10 bye. Coach Andy Reid said that the 22-year-old, who was the team's second-round pick out of Georgia last season, was "feeling good" but did not say when Hardman would come back to the team, according to Sam Mcdowell of the Kansas City Star.
Hardman also tweeted that he was "good" on Thursday.
One of the most productive offenses in the NFL will have to reformulate its game plan heading into Sunday night's game against the Raiders if all four players remain sidelined.