Report: Chiefs star defensive tackle Chris Jones taken off COVID-19 list

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Posted at 3:40 PM, Nov 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-06 10:58:03-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — UPDATE, Nov. 6 | DT Chris Jones is reportedly back in the facility for practice Friday after being placed on the COVID-19 list Thursday.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said in a tweet that Jones will practice with the team Friday, a sign that he has been cleared.

Jones was placed on the list after a close contact tested positive for the virus.

ORIGINAL STORY, Nov. 5 | Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones has been placed on the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list, multiple media outlets reported Thursday afternoon.

There was no information to indicate that Jones had tested positive himself, but the Chiefs announced earlier Thursday that a staffer had tested positive for COVID-19.

It wasn't immediately clear if Jones landed on the reserve/COVID-19 list as part of contact racing related to that positive test.

Jones will have to sit out for at least five days from his last possible exposure to anyone who had tested positive for COVID-19.

If he tests negative five consecutive days, he would be cleared to return under NFL protocols.

But the move means the Chiefs will be without Jones for Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers at Arrowhead Stadium, which is still scheduled to be played, if he had a close contact Wednesday or Thursday with a COVID-19 positive individual.

This is a developing story and may be updated.