NFL fans everywhere were reasonably nervous when news came out that two Kansas City Chiefs players had to be put on NFL’s reserve/COVID-19 list on Monday–six days from the Super Bowl. Luckily, receiver Demarcus Robinson and center Daniel Kilgore have not tested positive for the virus yet. But their close encounter with a barber who tested positive was enough reason to be put on the list.
“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.”
This whole situation seems to have been handled a little poorly. Couldn’t the Chiefs have waited a sec for the barber’s test to come back before letting him cut the players’ hair? Anyways, the Chiefs remain hopefully that they’ll have their players back for Super Bowl.
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