- The Kansas City Chiefs placed Demarcus Robinson and Daniel Kiglore on the COVID-19/reserve list.
- Robinson and Kilgore were tagged as close contacts of a team barber that tested positive for COVID-19 last Sunday.
- Patrick Mahomes was among the more than 20 players who were supposed to have their hair cut by the COVID-19 positive barber.
The Kansas City Chiefs could have been a hair away from possible disaster just days before Super Bowl LV.
The Chiefs had 20 players in line for a haircut with a barber last Sunday. Wide receiver Demarcus Robinson already had his haircut with the barber and backup center Daniel Kilgore was halfway his when the team pulled the barber once his COVID-19 rapid test came in positive.
Because they were classified as close contacts, Robinson and Kilgore were placed on the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list as part of the league’s protocols.
Two Kansas City Chiefs players, wide receiver Damarcus Robinson and center Daniel Kilgore, have been placed on the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list due to possible exposure to a close contact. https://t.co/sSJ14b8oNV
— WCPO 9 (@WCPO) February 2, 2021
The two will be allowed to play on Super Bowl Sunday if they test negative for five consecutive days. However, they have not been able to practice with the team this week while their confirmatory tests are being conducted. But that’s okay because neither players have played a big role in Kansas City’s playoff run this year.
Robinson caught 45 passes for 466 yards with three touchdowns during the regular season but only has caught one pass for 14 yards during two playoff games. Meanwhile, Kilgore started four games during the regular season and played as a back-up lineman during the AFC Championship game against the Buffalo Bills.
Chiefs Dodged A Bullet
Multiple Chiefs players, including Patrick Mahomes, were scheduled to get a haircut last Sunday.
Then the barber tested positive for COVID-19. https://t.co/uNVvuqrTkd
— USA TODAY Sports (@usatodaysports) February 3, 2021
But the Chiefs dodged a potential bullet. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, reigning Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes was among the more than 20 players on the barber’s list. And if the COVID-19 barber started working on Mahomes “Show Me” hairstyle, he could have been placed on isolation as well.
While it’s worth noting that the barber was wearing a facemask while cutting Robinson and Kilgore’s hairs and that the two players also wore face masks while on the barber’s chair, losing Mahomes to isolation could have affected the Chiefs’ Super Bowl LV preparations. Imagine Mahomes missing practice this week and focusing his efforts on five negative tests to be able to play on Sunday. That could end up being costly.
Depending on which of the real Super Bowl betting sites you are comfortable with, Mahomes’ Chiefs are favored by 3 to 3.5 points over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Online sportsbook SportsBetting.ag has Kansas City as slight -168 odds on favorite in its Moneyline odds with the Bucs coming back at +148. With the first and only meeting between these two teams this season decided by only three points, Super Bowl LV is pegged to be a closely fought contest.
Mahomes Super Bowl LV MVP Favorite
#SuperBowl MVP Odds
Patrick Mahomes -115
Tom Brady +240
Travis Kelce +1000
Tyreek Hill +1200
Chris Godwin +3300
Mike Evans +3300
Antonio Brown +5000
Clyde Edwards-Helaire +5000
Devin White +5000
Mecole Hardman +5000
Darrell Williams +6600 pic.twitter.com/ERX0rsqmfD
— BetOnline.ag (@betonline_ag) February 2, 2021
Having said that, the Chiefs need everybody to be available on Sunday, especially Mahomes, who is not just the heart and soul but also the engine that runs Kansas City’s prolific offense. Sure, we saw Chad Henne hold the fort when Mahomes suffered a concussion in KC’s first playoff game, but the Super Bowl is a different animal and the Chiefs are up against Tom Brady.
The six-time Super Bowl winner continues to defy Father Time. At 43 and playing in his first season in Tampa Bay, Brady has led the team to its first playoff appearance since 2007 and their first NFC title since 2002. With TB12 starting in his 10th Super Bowl and the Bucs being the first team to play the Super Bowl at their home field, Kansas City could be in for a dog fight on Sunday.
But with Mahomes escaping possible harm, Kansas City can breath a sigh of relief. It hard to imagine the Chiefs pulling out the victory without their star QB. Mahomes is BetOnline’s -115 odds on favorite to win Super Bowl LV MVP so losing him would have been a great disaster. Missing Mahomes this weekend due to a haircut would have been a lot worse than Mahomes missing the weekend haircut.