Tyrann Mathieu, the Kansas City Chiefs’ Pro Bowl safety, has been assigned to the NFL’s reserve/COVID-19 list, just 11 days before the start of the regular season.
League sources told ESPN, NFL Media and the Kansas City Star on Wednesday that Mathieu tested positive for COVID-19, leading to his placement on the list. According to the outlets, the All-Pro defensive back is asymptomatic.
Mathieu is vaccinated against the coronavirus, according to ESPN.
To be removed from the COVID-19 list and cleared to play, Mathieu will need two negative tests at least 24 hours apart. He also will need to remain asymptomatic.
Following Tuesday’s cuts, the Chiefs have only three additional safeties on their 53-man roster. Mathieu, on the other hand, has time to return before the Chiefs’ regular-season opener against the Cleveland Browns on Sept. 12 at Arrowhead Stadium.
In a related move, the Chiefs signed wide receiver Marcus Kemp to replace Mathieu on the roster.
Last season, Mathieu, a two-time Pro Bowler, had 62 total tackles and a career-high six interceptions.
Mathieu, a third-round draught pick out of LSU in 2013, has 533 tackles, nine sacks, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, 23 interceptions, and 70 passes defensed in 113 career games with the Arizona Cardinals, Houston Texans, and Chiefs.