The NFL is facing serious coronavirus-related issues heading into Week 5, as several teams have added players to the COVID-19 list and the Titans’ outbreak continues to worsen.
In Kansas City, fans are hoping the Chiefs continue to report negative test results in the coming days, after Patriots star Stephon Gilmore tested positive following a Monday Night Football game against the defending Super Bowl champions.
The NFL controversially delayed the Patriots-Chiefs game by a day after Cam Newton tested positive entering Week 4, but decided to stage the game on Monday. When news broke of Gilmore’s positive test, a clip of Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes embracing Gilmore after the game ended went viral on Twitter. The Chiefs have not yet reported any new positives following the game, but due to the incubation period of the virus, it’s possible the team could still see positive results in time.
When asked about the moment with Gilmore on Wednesday, Mahomes called the interaction a “mental lapse,” and said he would try to keep his distance from players in the future. Mahomes also said that after Chiefs QB Jordan Ta’amu tested positive, he started sleeping in a separate bed from his pregnant fiancee out of an abundance of caution.
“I was just trying to show respect to a great football player who I hope is getting better very quickly. I’ll just try to keep away from that and try not to do it again.”