Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu placed on COVID-19/reserve list after testing positive

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Kansas City Chiefs strong safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) runs during warmups before an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu has been placed on the COVID-19/reserve list, the team confirmed.

Sources also tell FOX4 that Mathieu has tested positive for COVID-19.

The news comes just 11 days before the Chiefs’ season opener against the Cleveland Browns on Sept. 12. Depending on Mathieu’s vaccination status, it could put his status for Week 1 up in the air under the NFL’s COVID-19 protocol.

Vaccinated players or staff who test positive and have no symptoms can return to the team after two negative COVID tests 24 hours apart. Unvaccinated players and staff who test positive are required to isolate for 10 days.

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said over 90% of his team is vaccinated against COVID-19.

If Mathieu were forced to miss next weekend’s game for some reason, the Chiefs have Juan Thornhill and Armani Watts to fill in.

Mathieu is going into the final year of his contract with the Chiefs. The two-time All-Pro has been in negotiations with the team for a contract extension all offseason, but so far the two sides haven’t come to an agreement.

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