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Team Barber Tests Positive Amid Contact with Chiefs

Paul Steinbach

Call it life imitating art, with a pandemic twist. Any football fan by now has seen the State Farm commercial with Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes sitting in a barber shop as customers line up to get their hair cut just like his.

According to ESPN, Mahomes was one of 20 Chiefs players scheduled to get his hair cut Sunday by a team barber who then received a positive COVID-19 test — one week before the Chiefs are to play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV in Tampa.

Backup center Daniel Kilgore was in the chair when the Chiefs pulled the barber once his COVID-19 test results came in, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported. Kilgore and the barber both were wearing masks, and because Kilgore was deemed a close contact he told the barber to finish. A source initially had told ESPN that Kilgore was mid-haircut when the barber was pulled.

According to the NFL Network, the barber tested negative five days in a row before Sunday but took an additional rapid test before entering the Chiefs' facility to cut the players' hair

The Chiefs on Monday placed Kilgore and wide receiver Demarcus Robinson, who had received a cut from the barber the day before, on the reserve/COVID-19 list after they were considered to be close contacts.

Robinson and Kilgore have not practiced since being placed on the COVID-19 list this week. But they can return to play in Sunday's Super Bowl if they test negative for five consecutive days.

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