A barber who recently cut the hair of two players on the Kansas City Chiefs received a positive test result for COVID-19 over the weekend, which has led to receiver Demarcus Robinson and center Daniel Kilgore landing on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, some six days before the start of the big game.
Robinson nor Kilgore has tested positive and all parties were masked during the encounters, but given how close it is to the Super Bowl, they were both deemed high-risk close contacts of the barber and had to be placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
According to the NFL.com report:
“The barber took an additional rapid test as a precaution before entering the facility Sunday, but the results were delayed briefly because of a line of friends and family also getting tested. He was wearing double PPE and was still cutting Kilgore’s hair — the first in a line of players waiting for haircuts — when the positive result came back. The barber was immediately removed; in a follow-up interview with NFL officials, the barber said he’d also cut Robinson’s hair the previous day away from the facility.
On Dec. 18, the NFL sent a memo with several updates to COVID protocols, noting that “non-club service providers such as barbers, personal chefs, chiropractors, masseuses and stretching assistants who are employed by individual players” frequently contribute to positive cases and strongly encouraged clubs to have them tested prior to performing services.”
Luckily for both players, if they continue to test negative, both will be eligible to return to the Chiefs’ active roster in time to face the Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium.
The Chiefs themselves created an internal bubble leading up to the Super Bowl in order to make sure stuff like this did not happen. Tyreek Hill explained to reporters earlier this week that he had to miss his own son’s basketball game because, in his words, “We can’t even do nothing.”