Chiefs activate versatile Mathieu off COVID checklist

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Defensive again Tyrann Mathieu was activated by the Kansas City Chiefs off the reserve/COVID-19 checklist, making him eligible to play in Sunday’s recreation towards the Cleveland Browns at Arrowhead Stadium.

Mathieu, who’s listed as questionable on the staff’s official damage report, missed the total week of observe, however defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo mentioned earlier within the week that Mathieu was staying concerned within the conferences nearly.

“Thank god we’re manner forward on this entire Zoom factor,” Spagnuolo mentioned. “In any other case we might be making an attempt to determine [how to coach him]. The digital camera sits proper in entrance of me as I deal with [the defense] and he is proper there. I get to speak to him somewhat bit within the conferences. He hasn’t missed a beat.”

The Chiefs had been hopeful all week that Mathieu may play however constructed completely different recreation plans — one with Mathieu and one with out. A part of the difficulty with changing Mathieu is his versatility. He fills a variety of roles for the Chiefs, taking part in not solely as a security but additionally in slot protection and infrequently lining up as a linebacker.

It is nonetheless unclear whether or not Mathieu will certainly play towards the Browns.

“We do not know,” Spagnuolo mentioned when requested what to anticipate if Mathieu performs after lacking per week of observe. “However this dude is a particular man, in my view. We’ll see. I believe we have to be honest to him. We all the time say that typically you have to defend the gamers from themselves so we have to watch out there.”

Since becoming a member of the Chiefs in 2019, Mathieu has solely missed one recreation — Week 17 vs. the Los Angeles Chargers final yr, when the Chiefs had already secured the No. 1 general playoff seed and rested as a lot of their regulars as potential.

Mathieu had an interception in final season’s 22-17 divisional-round playoff win over the Browns.