It’s solely Tuesday, but the Kansas City Chiefs have 9 gamers on the reserve/COVID-19 record, together with the current additions of Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, and Harrison Butker. And in accordance to The Athletic, the Chiefs will add “quite a few” extra gamers to the record later right now.
So it’s a full-blown COVID outbreak in Kansas City. Even with up to date COVID protocols that permit gamers to return after one damaging check, the Chiefs will possible be with out a number of key gamers for this Sunday’s recreation in opposition to the Steelers, a recreation with important playoff implications. Moreover, Chiefs-Steelers will air nationally at 4:25 ET on CBS in a standalone window for a lot of the nation.
Last week, the NFL set a brand new precedent in response to the omicron variant by suspending three Week 16 video games. Next, the league ought to rapidly postpone Chiefs-Steelers and play the sport on Tuesday, December 28.
While a two-day delay wouldn’t permit all Chiefs gamers to return, it’d enhance a number of gamers’ probabilities of testing out of the new COVID protocols to keep away from lacking an important recreation late within the season.
In the meantime — as we knock on wooden that no different workforce will get hit arduous this week — the NFL can transfer Bills-Patriots, with the AFC East on the road, to the 4:25 ET nationwide window. CBS will carry each Bills-Patriots and Chiefs-Steelers this week, making the change a simple adjustment.
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