In case you were wondering, cheetahs can’t outrun COVID. Speedster Tyreek “Cheetah” Hill is the latest member of the Kansas City Chiefs to head to the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Patrick Mahomes loves throwing the ball to Hill, who’s ranked second in the NFL with 102 catches. He’s fourth overall in receiving yards with 1,178. Hill scored nine touchdowns this season.
The Chiefs have 13 players on the COVID list. They lost two other starters to positive tests on Tuesday, including offensive tackle Lucas Niang and linebacker Nick Bolton.
On Monday, three other starters tested positive for COVID-19, including tight end Travis Kelce, kicker Harrison Butker, and cornerback Charvarius Ward
Four backups from the Chiefs were also added to the reserve/COVID-19 list on Tuesday, including tight end Blake Bell, guard Kyle Long, and cornerbacks Armani Watts and Rashad Fenton.
Kelce, who’s vaccinated, has a chance to return to the Chiefs by Sunday if he can test negative twice within a 24-hour period.
Josh Gordon went on the COVID list last week after a positive test and missed the game against the Chargers. Gordon should be eligible to return to practice this week. If Hill is unable to play on Sunday, they’ll need Gordon to contribute.
On Deck: Steelers
The Chiefs are 10-4 after winning seven games in a row, including an overtime thriller against the LA Chargers on Thursday Night Football in Week 15. They bottomed out in Week 7 after a 3-4 start, but caught fire since then.
The Chiefs are co-favorites to win Super Bowl 56 with the Green Bay Packers at +450 odds, who recently moved up to the top of the futures board.
In Week 15, the Chiefs have a couple of extra days of rest before they host the Pittsburgh Steelers (7-6-1). The Steelers are still in the thick of a fight for a playoff position, while the Chiefs are trying to lock up the AFC West divisional title. The Chiefs are -8 favorites. Betting-wise, the Chiefs are 7-7 ATS, but 5-0 ATS in their last five games. The Steelers are 6-8 ATS.
The Chiefs hit the road for their final two games of the season. They face the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 18, then square off against the Denver Broncos in the final week of the season.