The Kansas City Chiefs have lost star lineman Chris Jones for a bit to the reserve/COVID list.
That’s player number three. The Kansas City Chiefs have now placed their third different player for the season on the reserve list created for COVID-19 with the news that Chris Jones has been designated for the list.
Per NFL reporter Field Yates, Jones, the team’s star defensive lineman, was placed on the reserve list on Thursday shortly after the team issued a statement that they had closed all facilities upon learning that an unidentified staff member had also tested positive for COVID-19.
Further details were made available via Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star, who reported that Jones was placed on the list due to contract tracing.
This means that Jones will need to pass tests, likely over successive days, before he’s allowed to be off the list. He’ll also need to quarantine for a specific period of time. This likely means that Jones is out for Sunday’s game, making it a bit easier for the visiting Carolina Panthers up front.
The Chiefs are just one game from their bye week, which will help with issues like this and other injuries to players like Mitchell Schwartz, Sammy Watkins, and more. However, the team must first put away the visiting Panthers who are potentially going to have Christian McCaffrey back on the field for the first time in several weeks. The Chiefs will have to adjust up front in order to slow the run and get their eighth win in nine games this season.
On the season, Jones has played in 7 games for the Chiefs. He’s put up 22 tackles, 12 quarterback hits, 4.5 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles in that span of time.