Daniel Kilgore, Demarcus Robinson Put on COVID-19 List by Chiefs

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Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Demarcus Robinson (11) runs off the line of scrimmage in the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Brett Duke)
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The Kansas City Chiefs put two players on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Monday ahead of Sunday's Super Bowl against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the AFC champions placed center Daniel Kilgore and wide receiver Demarcus Robinson on the list because of close contact concerns.

NFL.com's Tom Pelissero, citing sources, reported Tuesday morning that "A barber who recently cut the hair of two Chiefs players received a positive test result for COVID-19 on Sunday." Pelissero added:

"Neither Robinson nor Kilgore has tested positive and all parties were masked during the encounters, lowering the chance of transmission, sources say. But given the duration and proximity, both were deemed high-risk close contacts of the barber and had to be placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.


Sources say the barber tested negative five consecutive days before he was allowed to enter the Chiefs' facility -- including a Saturday PCR test that came back negative Sunday. The barber took an additional rapid test as a precaution before entering the facility Sunday, but the results were delayed briefly because of a line of friends and family also getting tested. He was wearing double PPE and was still cutting Kilgore's hair -- the first in a line of players waiting for haircuts -- when the positive result came back. The barber was immediately removed; in a follow-up interview with NFL officials, the barber said he'd also cut Robinson's hair the previous day away from the facility."

Robinson said he has continued to test negative and plans on practicing after he finishes protocol Friday:

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Demarcus Robinson says all his COVID-19 tests have been negative and he expects to practice after finishing protocol Friday (via @Demarcus) https://t.co/3OGzmV0Sk7

"Hopefully he's out there with us," Patrick Mahomes told reporters when discussing Robinson. "But we've had guys step up all year."

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid told reporters the team found out about the COVID-19 concerns on Sunday, saying "they'll work through it."

While Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce are Mahomes' two go-to options in the passing attack, Robinson is part of the group of secondary playmakers alongside Mecole Hardman and Sammy Watkins.

He finished the season with 45 catches for 466 yards and three touchdowns but has only one catch for 14 yards in two playoff games. The lack of production in the postseason contests is somewhat surprising considering Watkins has not played yet in the playoffs, although Hill and Kelce are the only Chiefs players with more than 62 receiving yards.

As long as that pair is healthy and on the field, Kansas City shouldn't lose much in terms of its overall explosiveness.

Watkins, who practiced Monday, may be back for the Super Bowl as well and could slide into Robinson's spot if the latter cannot play.

As for Kilgore, he was primarily a reserve offensive lineman this season but appeared in seven games with four starts.