A rumor says all Chiefs players who have been linked with COVID-19 had negative tests on Tuesday.
On Tuesday morning, Bob Fescoe of 610 Sports in Kansas City put out word that every COVID-19 test representing Chiefs players, coaches or staff members came back negative.
Given the single Tweet, the responsible approach is to take this with some cautious optimism.
If you’re just catching up, the Chiefs came out of their bye week with several coronavirus concerns on the roster. The team had already placed both defensive tackle Braxton Hoyett and wide receiver Mecole Hardman on the reserve list associated with positive COVID-19 tests or contacts. Then on Monday, word came that the team had also placed three more players—all offensive linemen on the same list: left tackle Eric Fisher, right tackle Mitchell Schwartz, and versatile lineman Martinas Rankin.
As the Chiefs prepare to avenge the only loss on their record so far in 2020 as they visit the Las Vegas Raiders, it was frustrating to see the offense potentially losing so many key players. The offensive front has especially been a patchwork effort intended to simply hold things together for short-term allotments of time. Yet some injuries have lingered longer than expected, including a back injury for Schwartz that has turned guys like Nick Allegretti into long-term starters.
With this news and the time still to play against the Raiders on Sunday night, the Chiefs have reasons to believe that maybe every single one of those players who would have to miss an early game due to quarantine reasons might be able to suit up at Allegiant Stadium after all on Sunday night.