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Sport Chiefs S Tyrann Mathieu still a COVID-19 absence, status for Browns game unknown

07:00  11 september  2021
07:00  11 september  2021 Source:   yardbarker.com

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

  Chiefs' Tyrann Mathieu tests positive for COVID-19, could return for Week 1 Mathieu is fully vaccinated, which means he 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. 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.

Kansas City Chiefs three-time First-Team All-Pro safety Tyrann Mathieu has been on the NFL's reserve/COVID-19 list since Sept. 1 after he reportedly tested positive for the virus and hasn't practiced ahead of Sunday's regular-season opener against the Cleveland Browns at Arrowhead Stadium.

a baseball player holding a bat on a field: Kansas City Chiefs free safety Tyrann Mathieu © Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports Kansas City Chiefs free safety Tyrann Mathieu

Per Myles Simmons of Pro Football Talk, Mathieu was once again not spotted at practice Friday. This implies the 29-year-old is, at best, questionable for Sunday's home matchup against what is perceived to be a fellow playoff contender.

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Chiefs defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo suggested Thursday he has a "plan A" and "plan B" depending on Mathieu's status by Sunday afternoon. Multiple previous reports said Mathieu is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, so he can be cleared to return to team activities if he produces two negative virus tests 24 hours apart and isn't dealing with any symptoms.

Daniel Sorensen, Armani Watts and Juan Thornhill will be asked to handle additional duties if Mathieu can't play against a high-powered offense that includes quarterback Baker Mayfield, star running back Nick Chubb and a plethora of impressive pass-catching options.

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