Kansas City Chiefs tackles Schwartz, Fisher off COVID-19 list

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Posted at 3:48 PM, Nov 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-19 18:06:40-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Chiefs tackles Mitchell Schwartz and Eric Fisher were taken off the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday.

Fisher participated in practice, but Schwartz did not due to an ongoing back injury.

The veteran right tackle left the Chiefs' Week 6 win over the Buffalo Bills in the first quarter and hasn't participated in practice since.

After not practicing Wednesday, cornerback BoPete Keyes (illness) returned to practice Thursday.

More players who did not practice included wide receiver Mecole Hardman and offensive lineman Martinas Rankin, who both remain on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Offensive Coordinator Eric Bieniemy said wide receiver Sammy Watkins should be "fresh and ready to go" on Sunday.

The wideout has not played since Week 5 when the Chiefs fell to the Raiders. Since then Watkins has been nursing a hamstring injury but according to his coaches should be on the field in Las Vegas.

If Hardman is still on the list come Sunday and cannot play due to NFL COVID-19 protocols, then wide receiver Tyreek Hill will fill in for the second-year Chief on punt returns, according to special teams coordinator Dave Toub.

Rookie cornerback L'Jarius Sneed has continued to practice, but is still listed on the Chiefs' injured reserve. When it comes to the young player's progress defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo said "we'll tread lightly. It's been awhile."

The fourth round draft pick hasn't played since Week 3 after fracturing his collar bone. Sneed started off the season with a bang, leading the NFL in interceptions with two through the first two weeks of the season.