Breaking: Tyrann Mathieu Makes a Return From Covid Reserve to Start the Season for Kansas City Chiefs

Published 09/12/2021, 12:45 PM EDT
NFL Football – Super Bowl LV – Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Kansas City Chiefs – Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida, U.S. – February 7, 2021 Kansas City Chiefs’ Tyrann Mathieu reacts REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton


Kansas City Chiefs are all set to welcome Cleveland Browns in their season-opening match with one of the best defensive lineups that they have. All-Pro Safety Tyrann Mathieu is reported to be available in the very first game of the season after making a return from the Covid Reserve.

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Kansas City Chiefs have a good news

NFL Football – Super Bowl LV – Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Kansas City Chiefs – Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida, U.S. – February 7, 2021 Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Tom Brady clashes with Kansas City Chiefs’ Tyrann Mathieu after Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Antonio Brown scores their third touchdown REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Mathieu tested positive for Covid on September 1, sabotaging Chiefs’ plans for a perfect start of the season. As their rivalry with the Browns produced an exciting and one of the most competitive matches in the 2020 divisional-round game. The season opens up with them playing against each other, so it’s just like a rematch to that game.

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The return of Mathieu as the starting safety will give the Chiefs a significant boost prior to the game. Although he is cleared to participate in the game yet there still lies some fog of uncertainty about whether he’ll play. As the Chiefs are monitoring Tyrann Mathieu after he missed more than a week’s training.

Jan 24, 2021; Kansas City, MO, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) pressured by Kansas City Chiefs strong safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) during the second quarter in the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Mathieu made sure that he attended all the virtual meetings even though being listed in the Covid Reserve. He wanted to know how the Chiefs would approach Browns defensively and the involvement of the safety, in one of the most enticing starting matches of the season.

Tyrannical Tyrann Mathieu against the Browns?

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Mathieu had a tremendous 2020 season as he picked off 6 passes and registered 62 tackles. Which earned him a spot on the All-Pro team the second time and his third trip to the Pro Bowl. Hence, being the star safety of the Chiefs, his presence would hold the Browns from taking away unnecessary points.

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The Chiefs have made a few more changes in their list; defensive linebacker, Zayne Anderson, gets elevated from the practice squad, Shakur Brown gets released from the practice squad, and also signing Elijah Sullivan to the practice squad.

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Jan 24, 2021; Kansas City, MO, USA; Buffalo Bills tight end Dawson Knox (88) scores a touchdown past Kansas City Chiefs strong safety Tyrann Mathieu (32). During the first quarter in the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The Arrowhead Stadium awaits for the season to start in just a day’s time. And with so little time left, it is doubtful whether Mathieu starts for the Chiefs or sits on the sidelines watching his mates go against the Browns.

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Sauvik Banerjee

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Sauvik Banerjee, an NFL writer for EssentiallySports, has completed his graduation in English and Economics. The previous content marketing intern has a combined passion for both writing and NFL. He is a self-professed geek, who loves to play chess and football in his spare time.

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