In case you missed it, the KC Chiefs had to place Demarcus Robinson and Daniel Kilgore on the Reserve/COVID list. They hopefully can play in Super Bowl LV, but what if they can’t?
The NFL is being serious about COVID-19 and if anyone tests positive for the virus, they won’t be playing in Super Bowl LV. It doesn’t matter if it’s Tom Brady, Patrick Mahomes, Andy Reid, Bruce Arians, Rob Gronkowski, Travis Kelce, you name it. Big stars aren’t going to be exempt from this, as the Super Bowl won’t be moved to accommodate anyone who tests positive.
The Kansas City Chiefs had the first two players to be placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list, but fortunately, neither one has tested positive as of this writing. Demarcus Robinson and Daniel Kilgore were the two players to be placed on the COVID list and according to Ian Rapoport, if they continue to test negative, they can play in Super Bowl LV.
Let’s say they both don’t end up playing, however. How would that impact KC in the Super Bowl?
If the KC Chiefs don’t have Demarcus Robinson or Daniel Kilgore, the world wouldn’t end.
Obviously, it’d be nice to have as many players as possible, but Robinson and Kilgore are both backups. Robinson finished the 2020 season with just 466 yards and three touchdowns while Kilgore appeared in just seven games while starting four.
Robinson becomes a more important piece for the offense if Sammy Watkins isn’t able to play, as he’s the backup to Watkins. Even if Watkins can’t go, Patrick Mahomes probably targets Mecole Hardman more and maybe even Byron Pringle gets in on the action, so Robinson isn’t a must-have. Again, it’d still be nice to have him, especially if Watkins can’t go.
As for Kilgore, he briefly played in the AFC Championship Game and played 100% of the snaps in Week 17 when the starters were resting. Otherwise, he hadn’t played more than just a few snaps since Week 8 against the Jets. He’s a backup, yes, but if Austin Reiter were to get injured in the Super Bowl and Kilgore wasn’t available, then the offensive line is thin when it comes to depth. If that were to happen, Allegretti played center at Illinois and would probably slide to that position.
The Kansas City Chiefs want all of their players healthy and ready to go, but if these two were to miss Super Bowl LV, the team would be able to manage. Hopefully, they’ll both test negative for COVID-19 and be able to take the field for the biggest game of the season.