Tyrann Mathieu tests positive for COVID-19

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Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu has tested positive for COVID-19 and is going on the reserve list, Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports.

Vaccinated players can return after consecutive negative tests 24 hours apart. Unvaccinated players must miss at least 10 days.

The Chiefs’ season opener is in 11 days.

Mathieu, 29, is going into a contract season due to make $14.55 million in base salary in 2020.

Since signing with the Chiefs in March 2019, Mathieu twice has made All-Pro. He has 137 tackles, 21 pass breakups and 10 interceptions in his two seasons in Kansas City.

The Chiefs will be better with him in the lineup against the Browns but also have Juan Thornhill and Armani Watts to fill in if Mathieu remains out for the opener.

6 responses to “Tyrann Mathieu tests positive for COVID-19

  1. Hope he survives… I mean with the mortality rate remaining at zero for professional athletes, It’s bound to spike to the 50% they try to make it seem.

  2. Of course to vax or not is a personal choice that each player muct make on (hopefully) thorough research. However, IF Mathieu is not vaxxed and this happened in a couple of days, he would miss game 1. There WILL be competitive fall out for the NFL.

    Containing and slowing the spread s clearly more important than the outcome of an NFL game. Exercising personal choice is more important as well.
    BUT players who choose not to get vaxxes need to realize the potential impact to their teams. It will suck if a team loses a game and/or misses the playoffs due to forfeiture or several key players, or an entire position group, can’t play due to Covid protocols.

  3. Chiefs have one of the higher vax rates in the league last I read, so I’d assume he’s one of them. If for whatever reason he isn’t starting, it’ll be good for Thornhl to get his legs back under him after his injury last year. He was showing signs of being one of the better DBs the league has before that.

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