Chiefs’ barber nearly clips QB Patrick Mahomes’ chance at repeat title

The Chiefs were a haircut away from going without their star quarterback for this week’s practices — and possibly the Super Bowl.

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Mahomes was scheduled for a haircut Sunday before the Chiefs learned the barber they hired tested positive for coronavirus.

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The Chiefs’ bid to repeat as NFL champions might’ve been upended not by Tom Brady, Ndamukong Suh and the Buccaneers, but by a barber.

Wide receiver Demarcus Robinson and backup center Daniel Kilgore went on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday as close contacts of an unspecified person who tested positive for the virus. It turns out, as multiple media outlets reported Wednesday, that person was a barber the Chiefs brought in Sunday for any player who wanted a cut before Super Bowl week.

Star quarterback Patrick Mahomes was among the players scheduled for a trim before the Chiefs received the barber’s positive test and immediately removed him.

And by immediately, they mean immediately. Kilgore was mid-haircut when the team received the result.

NFL protocol mandates that close contacts be removed from team activities for five days as a precaution. While Kilgore and Robinson can’t practice, they’re eligible to play Sunday if they continue testing negative.

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