The Chiefs are concerned with a potential NFLPA violation of COVID-19 protocols that placed players at risk.
According to NFL reporter Adam Schefter, the Kansas City Chiefs have requested for the league to launch an official inquiry into the alleged breaking of COVID-19 protocols by the NFL Player’s Association. The following tweets from Schefter detail the allegations.
In a bit of news that may or may not be related, the Chiefs also announced that they had placed wide receiver Mecole Hardman on the COVID-19/reserve list on Wednesday. However given the stated timeline that the meeting was at the end of last month, it’s highly unlikely. That said, the Chiefs are battling COVID or COVID-related concerns on a couple fronts.
As for the investigation, the Chiefs have been among the teams considered a model franchise in terms of safety protocols rolled out for staff, coaches, and players. Yet even the team’s considerable efforts to stave off the coronavirus and its spread have not been enough in a few instances. Former Chiefs quarterback Jordan Ta’amu was the first player to be placed on the reserve/COVID list and veteran fullback Anthony Sherman also spent a few weeks on the same list. In addition, head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder also reportedly tested positive in recent weeks.
With Hardman on the shelf and other players already having contracted the virus—or at least within uncomfortable range of it—it’s no wonder why the Chiefs would be so upset with someone breaking protocol and endangering so many players needlessly. No further details have emerged nor has any response from the NFL.