Wide receiver Tyreek Hill was among three starters – and seven in total – added to the Reserve / COVID-19 list by the Kansas City Chiefs on Tuesday.
All seven players tested positive for COVID-19, sources told ESPN’s Field Yates.
Linebacker Nick Bolton and offensive tackle Lucas Niang are the other starters who tested positive, sources told ESPN. Cornerback Rashad Fenton, tight end Blake Bell, guard Kyle Long and cornerback Armani Watts were also listed as positive tests on the Reserve / COVID-19 list, sources told ESPN.
The news follows the start of tight end Travis Kelce, kicker Harrison Butker and cornerback Charvarius Ward, who were added to the list on Monday. A total of 13 Kansas City players are on the reserve / COVID-19 list.
With players like Kelce vaccinated, they have a chance to get back in time for the Chiefs’ game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.
Hill ranks second in the NFL with 102 receptions for 1,178 yards (fourth) and 9 touchdowns this season. The two have received 50% of the Chiefs’ receptions, 54% of the yards, and 53% of their touchdowns this season.
With Kelce and Bell added to the list, rookie Noah Gray remains the only close end on the active list. Gray has four catches for 18 yards and a TD.
Bolton has started 11 games this season and leads the team with 102 tackles. Niang has started eight of the eleven games in which he has seen action with proper tackle.
Long was on the physically incapable list for most of the season, having sustained a knee injury during the off-season. It was recently activated but has yet to play in a game.
Fenton has mostly played as the Chiefs’ third cornerback, starting seven games. Watts has mostly played in special teams this season.
Kansas City put defensive tackle Chris Jones, linebacker Willie Gay and wide receiver Josh Gordon on the COVID-19 list last week, and all three players missed the game against the Chargers.