The primary question on the minds of every Chiefs fan and/or Steelers fan right now is whether or not the game will be played as normal or whether we’ll see the National Football League come up with some concession due to the present number of players who have tested positive for COVID.
Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid at least offered up a bit of an update on discussions on Wednesday in his remarks to reporters with the admission that there actually have not been any talks yet on postponing the game.
The Chiefs and Steelers are currently scheduled to play at 3:25 p.m. C.T. at Arrowhead Stadium, but as of Tuesday night, the Chiefs had 16 players on the team’s COVID reserve list between the practice squad and active roster, with the vast majority of those names coming from the active side. It was a list that included most of their star players on both sides of the ball—from wide receiver Tyreek Hill and tight end Travis Kelce to defensive tackle Chris Jones and kicker Harrison Butker.
Andy Reid says no one is discussing postponement yet for the Chiefs and Steelers.
Butker has already been termed out, but the Chiefs also might be turning a corner. A couple of players who missed last week on the COVID list were spotted back at Wednesday’s practice including linebacker Willie Gay Jr. That’s good news considering the team just watched Nick Bolton get placed on the list. The Chiefs also failed to add any new positive cases to their list for the first time in a few days.
On Wednesday, the Steelers placed linebacker Devin Bush on the COVID reserve list and defensive tackle Montravius Adams was on the list recently, too, so they aren’t without their own cases.
More details will undoubtedly come out in the days to come, but for now, everyone is just in wait-and-see mode.