Haircuts landed Chiefs players on NFL’s COVID list.

Demarcus Robinson

On Monday, news broke that two Kansas City Chiefs players landed on the NFL’s reserve/COVID-19 list, raising concerns about the pandemic’s potential impact on Sunday’s Super Bowl. Neither wide receiver Demarcus Robinson nor backup center Daniel Kilgore tested positive, but both were classified as having close contact exposures.

On Tuesday, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero shed light on what happened. Both players received haircuts from a barber who tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday. According to the report, all parties were masked during their interactions. Demarcus Robinson and Kilgore still have not returned a positive test.

More players were line up to see infected barber.

According to the report, the barber was in the process of cutting Kilgore’s hair when the Chiefs received the result of his positive test. He had returned five consecutive negative tests prior to the rapid test that produced the positive result. The barber immediately removed from the scene, but told officials he had cut Robinson’s hair the day prior UFA.

Kilgore, Robinson can play if they remain negative.

Robinson and Kilgore are expect to be eligible to play Sunday if they continue to return negative tests. They won’t participate in practice or other in-person team activities in the meantime. Because of the NFL’s required five-day isolation period following a high-risk exposure.

Robinson addressed the news on Instagram Monday, vowing to practice Friday when he’s eligible in preparation for Sunday’s game.


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