The Kansas City Chiefs have placed fullback Anthony Sherman on the Reserve/COVID-19 list, according to a report from Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Albert Breer of The MMQB later clarified that Sherman was placed on the list because he was exposed to the coronavirus, not because of a positive test of his own. Nate Taylor of The Athletic confirmed both reports.
Sherman becomes the second member of the Chiefs to be placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list in recent weeks, after practice squad quarterback Jordan Ta'amu tested positive for coronavirus on October 3.
Chiefs vice president of sports medicine and performance Rick Burkholder discussed the Chiefs' COVID-19 protocol back in July before the team began training camp and recounted a conversation he had with quarterback Patrick Mahomes as plans were being finalized.
“One of the things that Pat and I talked about during the whole process — and I talked to Pat quite a bit about it, he was like ‘Rick, some of this you can’t handle. This has to be on the players,’” Burkholder told reporters. “And I said ‘alright you and [Tyrann Mathieu] are going to take care of that.’ And I talked to both and they said ‘we got you, we want to really run it back, we want to be in Tampa and the only way we can do it is if everybody is healthy.'"
Sherman, one of the league's top fullbacks and one of the longest-tenured Chiefs alongside Eric Fisher and Travis Kelce, was also responsible for one of Kansas City's top highlights of 2020, catching an underhanded pass from Mahomes against the Baltimore Ravens on Monday Night Football.
Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy later told the media that the play was called "smoked sausage," referring to Sherman's "The Sausage" nickname.
Through the first five weeks of the season, Sherman has taken 33 offensive snaps (9.46% of all offensive snaps) and 98 special teams snaps (74.81%), which put him on pace to take a similar amount of snaps as he did in 2019, with 9.33% of offensive and 73.22% of special teams snaps.