Chris Jones Expected to Miss Game vs. Chargers After Latest Roster Shift

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Getty Chiefs DT Chris Jones was named an AP Second-Team All-Pro this season.

The Kansas City Chiefs have had their third COVID-19 case among the players since Friday, December 10.

2-Time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Chris Jones has entered COVID protocol, according to head coach Andy Reid during his press conference on Tuesday, December 14.

Jones becomes the third Chiefs player in the last five days to be put into COVID-19 protocol, putting Kansas City in the midst of an outbreak in a week in which they face the division-rival Los Angeles Chargers on Thursday Night Football.


Reid did not rule out Jones or wide receiver Josh Gordon — who tested positive on Monday, December 13 — for the team’s Week 15 outing, however. So in the meantime, both players will start their weeks out with a “did not participate” next to their names on the practice report.

“We’ll see,” Reid said of the situation. “We’ll just see how the testing, you know they test here. So, we’ll just see how that goes.”

Players in the NFL are subject to the Reserve/COVID-19 list if they test positive for the virus or those identified through contact tracing as having been exposed, per The Washington Post.

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According to a memo — which was obtained by NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero — that was sent to clubs from the NFL back in July, vaccinated players or staff that test positive for the virus and are asymptomatic are eligible to return to duty if they register two negative tests 24 hours apart. For unvaccinated players, just like in 2020, they must quarantine for 10 days and will be permitted to return to duty if they are asymptomatic.

Fortson First Chief to Test Positive in Week 14

The first player that was at the forefront of the outbreak in Kansas City — but didn’t necessarily cause the outbreak — was tight end, Jody Fortson. Fortson has been on injured reserve since tearing his achilles in Week 6 during the Chiefs’ over the Washington Football Team. Nevertheless, he was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Friday, December 10.

At the start of training camp, 90 percent of the Kansas City team was vaccinated, according to head coach Andy Reid. As of August 17, the team was over 95 percent vaccinated, a league spokesperson told KSHB 41’s Casey Murray. “The spokesperson said that makes them one of seven NFL teams to hit the 95% mark,” Murray wrote.

Gordon shared on Twitter after testing positive that he is fully vaccinated. The vaccination statuses of Jones and Fortson are unknown at this time.

The hope is that the Chiefs — who play a pivotal division game against Los Angeles on Thursday, December 16 — don’t have an outbreak in their building that significantly impacts their ability to win against a division-rival Chargers squad that’s in contention for AFC West title.

Given that Kansas City’s dominant interior defender is now in jeopardy of missing Thursday’s game, hope doesn’t seem to be in the Chiefs’ corner.

36 NFL Players Tested Positive Monday

Gordon is one of the 36 NFL players that tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, according to NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero. That marks the highest player positive case count in the NFL in a single day since the pandemic began.

Due to a very high case count, the NFL informed teams on Tuesday, December 14 that all Tier 1 and Tier 2 employees are mandated to receive a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot, according to NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo.


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