A flurry of positive COVID-19 tests from the NFL world, including New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore, could directly impact the Kansas City Chiefs and quarterback Patrick Mahomes in the coming days and weeks.
As of Wednesday morning, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that the Chiefs have still not had any positive coronavirus tests since playing the Patriots on Sunday, but Gilmore's positive test (and this tweet from Ben Volin of the Boston Globe) have caused some concern.
Additional reports confirmed that Gilmore was on the Patriots' second plane to Kansas City, which included roughly 20 people who were found to have been in close contact with starting quarterback Cam Newton, who tested positive for COVID-19 on October 3, leading to the Chiefs-Patriots matchup being postponed to Monday night.
Additionally, the Tennessee Titans' coronavirus outbreak continues to yield positive tests, including two new cases on Wednesday morning. The Titans' opponent this Sunday is set to be the Buffalo Bills, who the Chiefs are scheduled to play a week from Thursday. The Chiefs could play three games on a Monday (vs. New England) Sunday (vs. Las Vegas Raiders) and Thursday (at Buffalo), while the Bills could potentially head into the previously-short week against the Chiefs with an unscheduled bye week, if the Titans can't play on Sunday.
Yet another wrinkle comes from the Chiefs' upcoming Week 5 opponent, the Las Vegas Raiders. On Tuesday, the Raiders placed defensive lineman Maurice Hurst on the Reserve/COVID-19 list, which means the Raiders will now also bear watching in the days to come.