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Sport Chiefs' Tyrann Mathieu tests positive for COVID-19, could return for Week 1

02:00  02 september  2021
02:00  02 september  2021 Source:   yardbarker.com

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Fans of the Kansas City Chiefs have been hit with both a reminder of the challenges that could come during another NFL season held during the COVID-19 pandemic and also a positive update on the situation.

a man wearing a hat: Despite being vaccinated, Tyrann Mathieu has tested positive for COVID. © Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports Despite being vaccinated, Tyrann Mathieu has tested positive for COVID.

ESPN's Adam Teicher explained Wednesday that Kansas City three-time First-Team All-Pro safety Tyrann Mathieu has been placed on the league's reserve/COVID-19 list after he tested positive for the virus. Teicher, Sam McDowell of The Kansas City Star and others report Mathieu is fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, which means the 29-year-old could return to team activities without completing an isolation period of at least 10 days if he produces two negative virus tests taken 24 hours apart.

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McDowell added Mathieu was asymptomatic as of Wednesday afternoon.

In a corresponding roster move, Kansas City re-signed wide receiver Marcus Kemp.

For now, Mathieu is on track to be available for the regular-season opener against the Cleveland Browns held at Arrowhead Stadium on Sept. 12. Any unvaccinated player who tests positive for COVID-19 less than 10 days before his team's Week 1 showdown likely would miss at least that matchup unless it's determined he produced a so-called "false positive" result.

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