The Kansas City Chiefs have their final player cleared from the National Football League’s COVID/reserve list with the news that offensive lineman Daniel Kilgore had passed any and all necessary tests to play in Super Bowl LV against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Just one week ago, the Chiefs placed Kilgore and wide receiver Demarcus Robinson on the COVID/reserve list after a barber who had been allowed into Arrowhead Stadium had tested positive for the coronavirus, even after testing negative for days leading up to his arrival. The only players who were reportedly allowed within close proximity to the positive case was Kilgore and Robinson. Consequently both players were forced to pass several tests over the course of five days in order to be cleared for Sunday’s big game.
Robinson returned to practice on Friday for the Chiefs as the first player cleared, and now Kilgore means the Chiefs offensive line will be at full strength—at least within current constraints—heading into their game against the Bucs’ heralded front seven.
Kilgore made four starts for the Chiefs this season, most of them within a midseason stretch of games in which the team was clearly experimenting with replacing Austin Reiter in the heart of the line. Reiter ultimately won his starting job back and he’s held down the center position for the rest of the year and postseason as well. Kilgore made one more appearance in Week 17 for the Chiefs when head coach Andy Reid decided to rest many of the team’s starters.
Daniel Kilgore has been removed from the COVID/reserve list for the Chiefs.
Kilgore joined the Chiefs on a one-year deal this year to help bolster the offensive front after years spent as a starter for the San Francisco 49ers and Miami Dolphins as their starting center. He appeared in seven total games for the Chiefs in 2020.