Chiefs expected to place WR Tyreek Hill on reserve/COVID-19 list

COVID-19 issues continue to affect the AFC-leading Kansas City Chiefs.

K.C. is expected to place receiver Tyreek Hill, cornerback Rashad Fenton and tight end Blake Bell on the reserve/COVID-19 list, NFL Network Tom Pelissero reported Tuesday, per a source informed of the move.

ESPN first reported the news.

The news comes a day after the Chiefs put star tight end Travis Kelce, kicker Harrison Butker and defensive back Charvarius Ward on the COVID-19 list.

The status for each player is unclear at this stage of the week as the Chiefs prepare to face the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

The NFL’s updated COVID-19 protocols have made it easier for players to return from the reserve/COVID-19 list, provided they’re vaccinated, asymptomatic, and test negative twice within one day. Players who are not vaccinated are subject to a mandatory 10-day quarantine, which would rule out a player for a game within that timeframe if he tested positive.

The potential to be without Hill and Kelce versus the Steelers defense would be massive for Patrick Mahomes and the 10-4 Chiefs, who lead the conference by a game and hold a two-win advantage in the AFC West.

If Hill and Kelce aren’t cleared in time for Sunday, the Chiefs leading pass-catchers would be Mecole Hardman, Byron Pringle and Demarcus Robinson — Josh Gordon is also currently on the COVID-19 list. K.C. would likely bulk up the pass-catching reps for running backs Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Darrell Williams if they can’t get key players back from the COVID-19 list in time.

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