Chiefs hopeful Patrick Mahomes (toe) is ready by June
Mahomes, 25, underwent surgery for turf toe on Feb. 10.
"It's a three-month recovery, so we're hopeful (he returns) somewhere around that mandatory minicamp, if we have it," Veach said. "We certainly think by training camp he'll be ready to go and we'll be smart with him."
Mahomes injured his left big toe in the first quarter of Kansas City's 22-17 divisional playoff victory against the Cleveland Browns on Jan. 17.
He had one of the worst games of his NFL career in the 31-9 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV, completing 26 of 49 passes for 270 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions. He rushed five times for 33 yards and was sacked three times.
Also Monday, Veach said the Chiefs are hopeful starting tackles Mitchell Schwartz (back) and Eric Fischer (Achilles tendon) will be ready for training camp following offseason surgeries.
"I would probably say Pat's ahead of them just because of that type of injury and a quicker recovery," Veach said. "Hopefully we'll have all three ready to go by training camp."
Mahomes is 38-8 as a starter for the Chiefs, earning three Pro Bowl selections and the 2018 MVP award since he was drafted in the first round (10th overall) in 2017.
Chiefs RT Mitchell Schwartz undergoes back surgery
Schwartz posted pictures of himself in a hospital gown and face mask prior to the procedure on various social media accounts.
"Injury update: I'm getting surgery today," he wrote. "I was hoping to recover enough to get back for playoffs/Super Bowl but that didn't happen. It's time to address the issue. The recovery process isn't too long, which is nice. Looking forward to a healthy 2021!"
Schwartz, 31, had his streak of 134 consecutive regular-season starts end after leaving the Week 6 game against the Buffalo Bills with the back injury. It turned out to be season-ending even though Schwartz delayed surgery in case he could return for the postseason.
Schwartz played his first four NFL seasons with the Cleveland Browns (2012-15) before joining Kansas City as a free agent.
He earned first-team All-Pro honors with the Chiefs in 2018.
Kansas City lost 31-9 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Super Bowl earlier this month. The Chiefs had trouble protecting quarterback Patrick Mahomes in the contest with left tackle Eric Fisher (Achilles) and Schwartz both sidelined.
Patrick Mahomes early favorite to win 2021 NFL MVP award
Despite seeing his Kansas City Chiefs come up short in the big game last week, Mahomes has been installed as the early favorite to win NFL Most Valuable Player honors for the 2021 season.
Mahomes, who won the award in 2018, is listed at +500 by DraftKings.
Mahomes, 25, is expected to be motivated after throwing for 4,740 yards and 38 touchdowns during the regular season before enduring one of the worst games of his NFL career in last Sunday's 31-9 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He completed 26 of 49 passes for 270 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions in Super Bowl LV.
Reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers resides at +800 to capture his fourth such award.
Rodgers received 44 votes to earn his third career MVP award (2011, 2014) on Feb. 6. Rodgers led the league with 48 touchdown passes, a 70.7 percent completion rate and a 121.5 rating.
Fellow quarterbacks Josh Allen (Buffalo Bills) and Russell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks) are both listed at +1300 to win the 2021 NFL MVP.
Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford is fifth on the list at +1500 following his trade from the Detroit Lions.
Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady of the Buccaneers sits at +1600 to win his fourth NFL MVP honor, while Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has the same odds to capture his second in three years.
The first non-quarterbacks on the list are Tennessee Titans bulldozer Derrick Henry and fellow running back Christian McCaffrey of the Carolina Panthers. Both are at +3300.
Yahoo Sports NFL writer Terez Paylor dies at 37
"We are heartbroken to learn that our friend and teammate Terez Paylor has passed away," Yahoo Sports editor-in-chief Johnny Ludden said in a statement. "Terez was a dogged, thoughtful reporter to many who knew him in the NFL. To us, he was a friend who always had a warm smile and a kind word. He cared deeply about his family, was passionate about his work and remained intensely proud of his Detroit and Kansas City roots. Our sympathy is with Terez's family and everyone who knew and cared about him."
Paylor joined Yahoo Sports in 2018 after 12 years spent at the Kansas City Star. He covered the Kansas City Chiefs for five seasons.
"Hearing the news of Terez's passing is heart wrenching," the Chiefs communications team said in a statement. "He was so young and full of life, he always wanted to do right by people. ... He was a true professional and a great man with a bright future ahead of him."
Paylor graduated from Howard University in 2006. He was one of 48 voting members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
"While we are shocked and saddened by Terez Paylor's sudden passing, we also celebrate his extraordinary life that touched so many," Ebony Reed, his fiancee, said in a statement. "Terez was an exceptional journalist whose passion for football made him a respected voice. His legacy will leave an enduring impact on sports journalism, the NFL, the Kansas City Chiefs, and their fans.
"More important, Terez was a devoted son, grandson, brother, an adoring fiance, and a wonderful friend to so many. To know him was to love him. He will be dearly missed."
Chiefs assistant coach placed on administrative leave
Britt Reid, 35, was involved in a multi-vehicle crash Thursday on the side of a highway entrance ramp near the team's training complex next to Arrowhead Stadium.
Britt Reid, who has been on his father's staff since Andy Reid arrived ahead of the 2013 season, did not travel with the team to the Super Bowl in Tampa.
Britt Reid acknowledged to police he was driving his Dodge Ram truck that struck a Chevrolet Traverse that had arrived to assist a Chevrolet Impala that had run out of gas, according to reports.
Reid's vehicle struck the Impala first before striking the Traverse, injuring a 5-year-old, whom the Chiefs identified as Ariel Young, and a 4-year-old, both of whom were in the backseat of the Traverse. Young suffered life-threatening injuries and the 4-year-old did not, though both were transported to a local hospital.
"We remain in the process of gathering information on the incident, and we will continue to assist local authorities as requested," the Chiefs said in a statement Tuesday. "Our focus remains on Ariel Young and her family. We have reached out to the family to offer our support and resources to them during this difficult time, and we will continue to pray for her recovery."
Britt Reid's eyes were bloodshot and that the officer smelled "a moderate odor of alcoholic beverages," according to a police officer statement obtained by multiple media outlets.
According to the search warrant filed after the accident, Reid reportedly told the officer he had two to three drinks and that he also took prescription Adderall.
Andy Reid said Britt Reid, who was taken to the hospital with stomach pain after the crash, underwent surgery but declined to comment further.
Former first-round pick TE Willie Scott dies at 61
Scott needed a heart and kidney transplant after battling heart issues for years, the Charlotte Observer reported. Scott died Monday.
"The New England Patriots are deeply saddened to learn of the loss of former Patriots tight end Willie Scott," the team said in a statement.
Scott was drafted No. 14 overall by the Chiefs in the 1981 draft out of South Carolina. His Gamecocks teammate, George Rogers, was selected No. 1 overall by the New Orleans Saints.
"It's with heavy hearts we mourn the passing of Willie Scott. A great player, but more importantly, a great man and a true Gamecock," South Carolina tweeted.
Scott played in 98 games (42 starts) and caught 89 passes for 766 yards and 15 touchdowns between the Chiefs (1981-85) and Pats (1986-88).
As a senior in college, Scott led the Gamecocks in receptions (27) in 1980 and had 109 receiving yards in the Gator Bowl.
Report: Patrick Mahomes to have surgery for turf toe
He is expected to miss most of the team's offseason work but be ready to go by training camp, per NFL Network and ESPN.
Mahomes injured his left big toe in the first quarter of the 22-17 divisional playoff victory against the Cleveland Browns on Jan. 17.
He had one of the worst games of his NFL career in Sunday's 31-9 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV, completing 26 of 49 passes for 270 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions. He rushed five times for 33 yards and was sacked three times.
Mahomes' 52.3 passer rating was the lowest of the 25-year-old's four-year career, spanning 46 regular-season starts and eight postseason starts.
Patrick Mahomes: I’ll be motivated the rest of career by SB loss
This coming from a player who already has one Super Bowl title on his resume.
"It was a bad feeling in that locker room after the game,'' Mahomes said. "You don't want to have that feeling again.
"When you're a competitor and get so close to your ultimate goal and fall short, it's something that will motivate you for the rest of your career," Mahomes said. "We'll set the tone from the beginning (of next year) that we have to be better."
Mahomes threw for 4,740 yards and 38 touchdowns during the regular season but finished just 26 of 49 for 270 yards Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, throwing two interceptions. His 52.3 passer rating was a career worst.
"I'm going to look at the film and try to find ways to get better,'' Mahomes said. "Obviously with our offense and the success that we've had, when teams see the defensive plan that (the Bucs) had and how well it worked, they're obviously going to try to do the same things. So we'll try to find ways to combat that. It's the evolution of our offense where we're going to have to do better things and be more efficient."
Report: Tom Brady apologizes to Tyrann Mathieu via text
In its report on Monday, ESPN wrote that it was read the contents of the text out loud.
Brady, 43, and Mathieu had several on-field verbal altercations, with the latter being flagged on one occasion for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Mathieu, 28, was shown pointing a finger in Brady's face, while the quarterback chased the safety down after he threw a touchdown pass to Antonio Brown. Mathieu was defending Brown on the play.
Per the report, Brady called Mathieu "the ultimate competitor" as well as a "class act" in his text. He also said he'd like to apologize to Mathieu in person in the future.
"Listen, Tom Brady's a great quarterback," Mathieu said after the game. "I never really saw that side of Tom Brady, to be honest. But whatever. No comment. It's over with. I'm done with it."
Mathieu, however wasn't done with it on social media. He said Brady started the verbal issues when he called Mathieu "something I won't repeat" in a since-deleted tweet.
"He's clearly chasing me, but I got flagged," Mathieu said in another deleted tweet.
Tom Brady adds fifth Super Bowl MVP to GOAT resume
The helmet might have been different but the vintage performance when it counted most definitely was the same.
The first-year Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback helped dispatch the Kansas City Chiefs 31-9 on his home field by throwing for a modest 201 yards, while completing 21-of-29 passes with three touchdowns.
Brady's seventh Super Bowl title came with his fifth MVP award.
"They're all special; it's been an amazing year," Brady said. "Just really proud of all the guys, proud of all the coaches, the effort we put in tonight.
"If you want to get this far you've got to get the job done. We did it."
A sixth MVP still remains a possibility. Brady might be turning 44 in August, but he was feeling far too spirited during the postgame celebration to think this might end anytime soon.
"Yeah, we're coming back," he said after the game.
The Bucs' victory already was starting to come to light in the first half. Brady threw his second touchdown pass to old friend Rob Gronkowski by the midway point of the second quarter for a 14-3 lead. He added another TD pass to Antonio Brown just before halftime.
"Big-time players making big-time plays," Brady said. "Love what they added to the team. Gronk is an unbelievable player, teammate, talent, leader."
He knew what to do from there. His methodical and error-free second half mirrored his season-long performance for a franchise that got everything they could have ever hoped from the newcomer.
"He's a winner, man," Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said in a postgame interview. "That's all you can say. He brought a winning mentality to a really talented football team that didn't know how to win."
Brady became the second player to win a Super Bowl for two franchises, following the lead of Peyton Manning.
Some wondered if he could win it all again at age 43. The way Brady saw it, 20 years of experience over 301 regular-season games and 44 playoff games offered him the knowledge to navigate the unknowns on the NFL's biggest stage.
Brady passed for just 61 yards after halftime, throwing just nine times, while completing five of those passes. He worked on the clock as much, if not more than, the Chiefs' defense in the second half. The Buccaneers ran the ball 19 times after halftime and the defense brought it home from there.
"He kept faith in us this whole season," said Tampa Bay running back Leonard Fournette, who ran the ball 16 times for 89 yards and a touchdown. "He's the GOAT. I will tell my kids I played with that man. He's the greatest."
Brady also extended a number of Super Bowl records, including most completions (277), passing yards (3,039) and passing TDs (21). More could be on the way, but Brady declined to say what it all means in the big picture.
"We've been grinding pretty hard," Brady said, when asked about his legacy. "I haven't had a lot of time to think about things like that."
Chiefs installed as heavy Super Bowl LVI favorites
The Chiefs were installed as heavy favorites to win Super Bowl LVI by several sportsbooks before Sunday night, including being offered at +490 by FanDuel. Those odds didn't waver shortly after Kansas City was routed 31-9 in Super Bowl LV by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Chiefs are well ahead of the Bucs, Buffalo Bills and Green Bay Packers, who were all being offered at +1100 on Sunday night immediately after the game. That trio was followed by the Los Angeles Rams (+1200), who have acquired quarterback Matthew Stafford since losing to the Packers in the Divisional Playoffs.
The San Francisco 49ers are being offered at +1300 by FanDuel, with the Baltimore Ravens having the third-shortest odds among AFC teams at +1400.
DraftKings is offering the Chiefs at +550 to win Super Bowl LVI, followed by the Bucs and Packers at +900 and no other team listed with shorter odds than +1200 (Baltimore, Buffalo and the L.A. Rams). The sportsbook listed the 49ers at +1400.
The Lions, who acquired Jared Goff in the Stafford deal, are the longest shots at FanDuel at +12000. The next longest odds belong to four teams at +8000: the Cincinnati Bengals, Denver Broncos, Jacksonville Jaguars and the Washington Football Team. The WFT is coming off winning the NFC East, but enter the offseason with major questions about the team's quarterback situation for the 2021 season.
DraftKings is offering the Lions at +10000 along with the Houston Texans, who enter the offseason with franchise quarterback Deshaun Watson pushing to be traded.
Super Bowl LVI Odds (FanDuel):
Kansas City Chiefs: +490
Buffalo Bills: +1100
Green Bay Packers: +1100
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: +1100
Los Angeles Rams: +1200
San Francisco 49ers: +1300
Baltimore Ravens: +1400
New Orleans Saints: +1900
Seattle Seahawks: +2000
Cleveland Browns: +2200
Tennessee Titans: +2700
Miami Dolphins: +2800
Indianapolis Colts: +2900
Los Angeles Chargers: +3100
Pittsburgh Steelers: +3100
Dallas Cowboys: +3300
New England Patriots: +3700
Arizona Cardinals: +4100
Minnesota Vikings: +4400
Atlanta Falcons: +5000
Carolina Panthers: +5000
Las Vegas Raiders: +5000
Philadelphia Eagles: +5000
Chicago Bears: +6000
New York Jets: +6500
Houston Texans: +7000
New York Giants: +7000
Cincinnati Bengals: +8000
Denver Broncos: +8000
Jacksonville Jaguars: +8000
Washington Football Team: +8000
Detroit Lions: +12000
Brady’s TD pass to Gronkowski gives Bucs 7-3 lead over Chiefs
The connection was the 13th playoff TD from Brady to Gronkowski, an NFL postseason record. The score capped a 75-yard drive in which Brady went 4 of 5 and Leonard Fournette added 26 yards on four carries.
The Chiefs drew first blood at the 5:10 mark when Harrison Butker booted a 49-yard field goal. Kansas City padded a streak to 62 straight games in which it owned a lead, though Mahomes went just 2-for-8 in the quarter for nine yards.
The Bucs went three-and-out on the game's first possession after the Chiefs won the coin toss and deferred. The Chiefs only gained one first down on their first series, while a sack of Brady by Frank Clark ended Tampa Bay's second possession with just one first down.
MADD seeks meeting with Chiefs owner Clark Hunt
While Reid, son of Chiefs coach Andy Reid, has not been charged in the case, multiple reports stated the younger Reid admitted to having two or three drinks before getting into his Dodge Ram truck on Thursday. He also takes the prescription drug Adderall.
Police said a Chevrolet Impala became disabled, and a family member driving a Chevrolet Traverse came to assist. As both vehicles were parked along the southbound ramp to Interstate 435 from Stadium Drive near Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Reid then allegedly struck both cars, leaving a 5-year-old critically injured and a 4-year-old with lesser injuries.
The investigation is continuing, but MADD is asking Hunt to discuss the matter. The organization and the Chiefs have partnered to teach rookies the dangers of drunk driving.
"This is a very difficult situation for MADD Missouri and Kansas as we have already received multiple calls from victims and community partners asking how we, as a victim services organization, are going to handle this situation, knowing the partnership we have," wrote Meghan Carter, director of field operations for the group, in a letter published by The Kansas City Star.
"We are working to extend our services to the two young children and their families, as their journey from the horrific crash has only just begun. As is the case with every impaired driving crash, our focus is to support those who have been impacted, as well as take a stand to remind the community of the dangers of impaired driving and to always have a non-drinking designated driver."
The letter continued: "I would like to meet with you to discuss in person our concerns, proposed steps going forward, and how MADD and the Kansas City Chiefs can work more effectively together with both the staff and the athletes to ensure this never happens again."
Britt Reid, 35, is not with the Chiefs in Tampa, where they will meet the Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV on Sunday night.
A GoFundMe page to benefit the 5-year-old, identified as Ariel, had raised more than $160,000 as of Sunday afternoon. The Kansas City Star reported that she was still hospitalized in critical condition with a brain injury.
Shortly after the crash, the Chiefs acknowledged Reid's involvement.
"The organization has been made aware of a multi-vehicle accident involving Outside Linebackers Coach, Britt Reid. We are in the process of gathering information, and we will have no further comment at this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved," the Chiefs said in a statement.
Kansas City television station KSHB reported Reid's previous legal trouble.
In 2007, he pleaded guilty to charges of carrying an unlicensed firearm, simple assault, possession of a controlled substance and possession of an instrument of crime in connection with incident in connection with a reported road-rage incident. That same year, he was arrested and charged with DUI, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was sentenced to one to six months but received credit for time served before being paroled a week later.
He also was fined more than $10,000 and ordered to enter a drug court program.
Andy Reid was hired as the Chiefs head coach before the 2013 season and brought his son with him.
NHL, NBA stars offer predictions on Super Bowl LV
Pittsburgh Penguins superstar captain Sidney Crosby expects the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to defeat the Kansas City Chiefs.
"That's a tough one. It's hard to bet against Tom Brady for the amount of times he's been there," Crosby said in a survey conducted among NHL players and coaches.
Washington Capitals forward T.J. Oshie acknowledged Brady's decorated career but feels that Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs will repeat as Super Bowl champions.
"It's hard to go against Tom, obviously, but I'm going to go with K.C.," Oshie said. "I just like the way they play. Their offense is fun to watch. Either way, I hope it comes down to the last play."
Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw offered a different take on why Brady will win.
"Tom Brady (will win) because he's got the refs on his side," Shaw said.
Shifting from the ice to the hardwood, Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr revealed why he believes the Chiefs will come out on top.
"A good friend of mine sent me a text last week and it just said very simply, 'Mahomes, (Travis) Kelce and (Tyreek) Hill equals (Kevin Durant), Klay (Thompson) and Steph (Curry),'" Kerr said on ESPN Radio.
"I thought, 'That's a pretty good analogy.' Those guys are so explosive, and they're incredible to watch."
And then there's LeBron James, who walked a fine line with his prediction considering he has friends on both teams.
"I just want to see a great game," the Los Angeles Lakers star said.
Reports: Chiefs C Daniel Kilgore cleared for Super Bowl
Kilgore was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list after receiving a haircut last Sunday from a barber who tested positive. He has since returned negative tests every day.
Kansas City had yet to formally announce a roster move involving Kilgore as of late afternoon in Tampa, the site of the Super Bowl between the Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Kilgore reportedly participated in the team's Saturday walkthrough in Kansas City before the team departed for Tampa.
Receiver Demarcus Robinson was in the same situation as Kilgore, and he was cleared to play on Friday after getting through the protocols.
ESPN reported that Kansas City's COVID-19 tests came back negative on Saturday.
The Chiefs also activated veteran quarterback Matt Moore, receiver Marcus Kemp and defensive back Chris Lammons from the practice squad and activated tight end Deon Yelder (groin) from injured reserve.
Kansas City also placed linebacker Willie Gay (knee/ankle) and offensive tackle Eric Fisher (Achilles) on injured reserve. Fisher suffered a serious injury in the AFC title game against the Buffalo Bills on Jan. 24.
Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid involved in car accident in KC
The multi-car crash happened Thursday night on Interstate 435 in Kansas City, two days before the Chiefs were to leave for Tampa for Sunday's Super Bowl LV against the Buccaneers.
"The organization has been made aware of a multi-vehicle accident involving Outside Linebackers Coach, Britt Reid. We are in the process of gathering information, and we will have no further comment at this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved," the Chiefs said in a statement.
41 Action News KSHB, citing a Kansas City Police Department (KCPD) search warrant, reported Britt Reid is being investigated for driving while impaired. Per the report, Britt Reid told officers he had two to three drinks. His eyes were bloodshot and red, and a moderate odor of alcohol was also detected, per the report.
KSHB, citing a KCPD police report, said that Britt Reid's pickup truck struck a Chevrolet Traverse that had arrived on the side of the highway to assist a Chevrolet Impala that had run out of gas.
According to the report, Britt Reid hit the Impala before hitting the Traverse, injuring a 5-year-old and a 4-year-old, both of whom were in the backseat of the Traverse. The 5-year-old suffered life-threatening injuries and the 4-year-old did not, per the report. Both children were transported to a local hospital.
Britt Reid suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital after complaining of stomach pain, per the report. A judge approved KCPD's search warrant request to draw blood from Reid, per the report.
Britt Reid, 35, has worked on his father's staff since Andy Reid arrived ahead of the 2013 season. Britt Reid is an assistant linebackers coach.
Chiefs fired up in final full practice as WR Demarcus Robinson returns
A Ric Flair-like "Woo!" and thunderous applause from players following virtually every play on either side of the football filled the air.
The effort had Kansas City head coach Andy Reid coming away pleased with the Chiefs' performance in the final stages of preparations before they square off against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV on Sunday in Tampa.
"Listen, it's a shorter practice today, so they're fired up to get through it and get going," Reid said.
The Chiefs' workout included wide receiver Demarcus Robinson, who returned from the Reserve/COVID-19 list after clearing the NFL's mandated safety protocols. Robinson hit the ground running and impressed Reid.
"He was good," Reid said. "He's been working out."
The Chiefs listed left tackle Eric Fisher (Achilles) and rookie linebacker Willie Gay Jr. (knee, ankle) as out for Sunday's game, while wide receiver Sammy Watkins (calf) is officially designated as questionable.
Reid, however, doesn't appear concerned over Watkins' availability against the Buccaneers after seeing the veteran wide receiver return to a full practice Friday after limited sessions the previous two days.
"He did good," Reid said. "I'm encouraged to have him on Sunday. I think he'll be there."
Backup running back Darwin Thompson missed Friday's practice because of an illness, Reid said. The Chiefs did not assign a game designation on Thompson on the injury report, indicating the second-year running back will be available for action barring a setback. Backup center Daniel Kilgore remains away from the training facility while he continues to go through safety protocols after landing on the Reserve/COVID-19 list earlier in the week.
In the meantime, the Chiefs are scheduled for a Saturday morning walk-through practice before boarding an afternoon flight for Tampa.
With less than 48 hours to go before Super Sunday and almost two weeks since the last time the Chiefs played in the AFC Championship Game, Friday's practice provided a sign of the excitement level knowing what comes next.
"It's been two weeks," Reid said. "I think both sides want to play each other and get it on."
(The Super Bowl pool report was produced by Herbie Teope of the NFLPA and distributed to accredited media.)
Report: Chiefs WR Demarcus Robinson cleared to practice
Robinson was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list earlier this week due to close contact with a barber who tested positive for the coronavirus. Robinson has since tested negative on every following day and is eligible to play in Super Bowl LV against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Robinson, 26, was a useful part of the team's wide receiver corps with 45 catches for 466 yards and three touchdowns in the regular season. But he has just one reception for 14 yards on three targets in two playoff games.
Daniel Kilgore is also on the reserve/COVID-19 list due to a close contact with the same barber as Robinson. Kilgore could be cleared Saturday if he tests negative.
Kilgore, 33, is a reserve guard and center and started four games this season. Because of his versatility and experience, he is a key player who would be active on Sunday.
Tyreek Hill, Patrick Mahomes look to connect the dots in SB LV
"What's crazy is, Pat, he's been on a roll," Hill said Thursday. "I haven't seen Pat throw dots like this at practice. Like he's been throwing crazy dots. Like, he throws dots. But the dots he's been throwing in practice lately have been crazy.... So I'm pretty fired up. Just gotta wait and see. I've gotta rub my hands together -- I'm excited about that."
The Chiefs hope Mahomes and Hill connect the dots, a slang term given for pinpoint passes thrown into a tight space in between defenders, plenty of times on Sunday when they face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV in Tampa.
Hill has 104 catches for 1,558 yards and 15 touchdowns on 156 targets from Hill in 18 games, including the playoffs, this season.
The duo had their best performance -- and one of the single-quarter outbursts by a quarterback-receiver duo in NFL history -- against host Tampa Bay during a 27-24 win in Week 12.
Hill torched Tampa Bay for 13 catches for 269 yards - both career highs -- and three touchdowns on 15 targets. Hill was unstoppable in the first 15 minutes.
He made seven catches for 203 yards and two touchdowns in the first quarter alone, joining Qadry Ismail (210 in the third quarter on Dec. 12, 1999) and Lee Evans (205 in the first quarter on Nov. 19, 2006) as the only NFL receivers since 1980 to have 200 yards worth of receiving yards in a quarter.
"He wants to take every single rep," Mahomes said of Hill. "You hear about that with all the great receivers, but to see it firsthand. I mean, it's truly a special thing."
Mahomes, who was the league's Most Valuable Player in 2019, has been just as good in the postseason. In two playoff games this year, he's thrown for 580 yards and four touchdowns and no interceptions.
In seven postseason games, he's thrown 15 career touchdown passes, which tie Kurt Warner for the second-most by a quarterback in his first four seasons in NFL history, one behind leader Russell Wilson.
Mahomes, who is the reigning Super Bowl MVP, is the first quarterback ever to start three consecutive conference championship games in his first four NFL seasons and with a win on Sunday, will become the first quarterback to win two Super Bowls before turning 26.
Meantime, Hill will take the field at Raymond James Stadium seeking to become just the ninth receiver in league history to be named to The Associated Press' All-Pro First Team and win the Super Bowl in the same season.
It's a feat that hasn't been accomplished since Indianapolis' Marvin Harrison in 2006. Of the eight players who have done it, five -- Jerry Rice (1988, 1989, 1994), John Stallworth (1979), Lynn Swann (1978), Paul Warfield (1973) and Harrison -- are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, while Pearson (1977) could get the call from Canton on Saturday and Gary Clark (1987) and Cliff Branch (1976) had excellent careers.
"He has worked so hard this year and I think we've all seen that," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. "His dependability and reliability ... working hard every day, timing with the quarterback every day ... that takes a certain amount of toughness and determination to get yourself to that point."
Bucs WR Antonio Brown makes progress toward playing
Brown has been bothered by a knee injury that caused him to miss the NFC Championship Game against the Green Bay Packers on Jan. 24.
He was limited in practice on Wednesday so the upgrade in status increases the chances that Brown will be part of the active roster on Sunday.
One setback for Tampa Bay was the addition of tight end Cameron Brate (back) to the injury report. He was limited in Thursday's session.
Safeties Jordan Whitehead (shoulder) and Antoine Winfield Jr. (ankle) and linebackers Lavonte David (hamstring) and Jason Pierre-Paul (knee) were also limited participants.
Linebacker William Gay (knee/ankle) again missed practice for Kansas City. He will be formally ruled out of the Super Bowl when Friday's injury report is released.
Running back Le'Veon Bell (knee) and receiver Sammy Watkins (calf) were limited in practice. Running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle/hip) and cornerback Rashad Fenton (foot) were full participants.
Also, receiver Demarcus Robinson and center Daniel Kilgore are on track to be removed from the reserve/COVID-19 list prior to the game, according to NFL Network.
The two players had their hair cut Sunday by a barber who tested positive but both have returned negative tests each day. Robinson will be able to rejoin the team Friday if he continues to test negative and Kilgore will be eligible to return Saturday.