The Chiefs activated Jones from the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday, per the NFL's official transaction log. Jones was placed on the COVID-19 list Thursday, but he's tested negative and cleared the necessary protocols in order to return to team facilities. The 26-year-old practiced Friday, and now he'll officially be ready for Sunday's game versus the Panthers. The 26-year-old defensive tackle has 4.5 sacks and 22 quarterback pressures through seven games, and he has a solid opportunity to add to his totals this week, as Teddy Bridgewater has been sacked on 5.9 percent of dropbacks this year.
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said that he expects Jones (reserve/COVID-19 list) to play in Sunday's game against the Panthers, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports. Jones was placed on the list Thursday after he was determined to have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for the coronavirus, but the defensive lineman apparently cleared all COVID-19-related protocols in quick fashion. The 26-year-old was back at practice Friday, an indication that the Chiefs fully intend on having him in the lineup this weekend. Expect the team to formally activate him from the list Friday or Saturday.
Jones is present at the Chiefs' training facility Friday, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports. Jones was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday after he was determined to have been in close contact with an infected individual. The Chiefs haven't confirmed that Jones has been activated from the list, but his presence at the team facility suggests that the star defensive lineman will have a shot at being available for Sunday's game versus the Panthers after all.
Jones' placement on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday was the result of a close contact through tracing rather than a positive test by the defensive lineman, Nate Taylor of The Athletic reports. Kansas City shut down its team facility and held a remote practice Thursday after a staff member tested positive earlier in the day. It's unclear if that staff member or another infected person was in close contact with Jones, but regardless, he won't be eligible to rejoin the team for at least five days in accordance with the NFL's rules for players placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Jones won't be able to play in Sunday's game against the Panthers.
The Chiefs have placed Jones on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Field Yates of ESPN reports. Jones' placement on the list means that he either tested positive for COVID-19 or has been in close contact with an infected person or persons.
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