TAMPA, Fla. — A barber who just lately slash the hair of two Chiefs gamers acquired a optimistic exam consequence for COVID-19 on Sunday, per resources, foremost to receiver Demarcus Robinson and heart Daniel Kilgore landing on the reserve/COVID-19 checklist Monday, 6 days in advance of Tremendous Bowl LV.
Neither Robinson nor Kilgore has tested favourable and all get-togethers were being masked all through the encounters, reducing the prospect of transmission, resources say. But offered the length and proximity, equally were deemed large-threat close contacts of the barber and had to be put on the reserve/COVID-19 listing.
If Robinson and Kilgore go on to take a look at detrimental, both equally will be eligible to return to the Chiefs’ lively roster in time to facial area the Buccaneers prior to Sunday, even though they would not be equipped to observe ahead of the weekend mainly because of the mandatory 5-working day isolation time period. The Chiefs usually are not touring to Tampa till Saturday.
Sources say the barber analyzed detrimental five consecutive times ahead of he was allowed to enter the Chiefs’ facility — together with a Saturday PCR test that came back again destructive Sunday. The barber took an additional swift check as a precaution just before getting into the facility Sunday, but the benefits have been delayed briefly since of a line of buddies and family members also getting examined. He was putting on double PPE and was continue to chopping Kilgore’s hair — the 1st in a line of gamers waiting for haircuts — when the good end result arrived again. The barber was straight away eliminated in a comply with-up interview with NFL officials, the barber said he’d also slash Robinson’s hair the preceding working day absent from the facility.
On Dec. 18, the NFL despatched a memo with several updates to COVID protocols, noting that “non-club assistance companies these as barbers, private cooks, chiropractors, masseuses and stretching assistants who are utilized by personal gamers” commonly add to beneficial circumstances and strongly inspired clubs to have them tested prior to performing services.
Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill made observe of the team’s careful strategy during Tremendous Bowl Opening Evening festivities Monday, telling reporters: “The Chiefs are bringing in barbers to the facility and receiving ’em analyzed. So, like, they are genuinely adhering to protocol.”
Gamers are getting examined for COVID-19 two times everyday in advance of Tremendous Bowl LV. No participant on either workforce has tested optimistic in more than a 7 days, and no Chiefs player or staffer examined positive in the latest round of screening accessible Tuesday.
Robinson has performed in just about every game this period, totaling 45 catches for 466 yards and a few touchdowns in the regular year. He started off the AFC Championship Match earn above the Payments, but was not specific. Kilgore appeared in seven video games (four begins) in the standard season and also played as a backup in the AFC title game. He could be in line for a larger sized purpose this week simply because of injuries alongside the offensive line.