Report: Patrick Mahomes Planned to See Barber Who Tested Positive for COVID-19

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistFebruary 3, 2021

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) during Super Bowl media night, Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. The Chiefs will face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl 55. (Steve Sanders/Kansas City Chiefs via AP)
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The Kansas City Chiefs averted a potential disaster in the buildup to Sunday's Super Bowl LV matchup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported more than 20 members of the Chiefs roster and coaching staff were scheduled to get haircuts Sunday from a barber the team had brought in who tested positive for COVID-19. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes was among those scheduled for a trim.

The team removed the barber once it became aware of his positive test.

According to Schefter, veteran center Daniel Kilgore was receiving a haircut when that day's test results returned, but the barber was able to finish the cut.

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For those wondering: Being that Chiefs' C Daniel Kilgore already was sitting in the barber chair and deemed a "close contact", he told the barber to finish. And he did. But this has the makings to become the first "Touch of Gray" endorsement to come out of Super Bowl week.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that Kansas City had placed Kilgore and receiver Demarcus Robinson on the reserve/COVID-19 list, though neither player was flagged for a positive test.

Per Schefter, Kilgore will remain home until Saturday and can suit up for the Super Bowl as long as he continues to test negative. The 33-year-old had some fun with the situation:

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According to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, the barber tested negative on each of the five days leading up to his entry into the team's facility, including a negative PCR test Saturday, but his rapid test Sunday came back positive.

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All clear for the #Chiefs and #Bucs on two rounds of COVID test results today as this unusual Super Bowl week rolls on here in Tampa. @nflnetwork @NFLTotalAccess https://t.co/UsO2bC0ztD

The Chiefs could've been in significant trouble if they hadn't acted so quickly.

Mahomes' health has been a storyline throughout the postseason. He was briefly in the concussion protocol and has been dealing with turf toe. The 2018 MVP told reporters Tuesday his toe injury is "pretty close to 100 percent," and he should be fully healthy by Sunday.

Should Kansas City go on to beat Tampa Bay, Wednesday's report will be a footnote in the story of its third Super Bowl title.