Stephon Gilmore and Patrick Mahomes were going for sportsmanship Monday night.
Instead, the snapshot of their postgame hug will be reason for the Chiefs to hold their breath in the coming days after Gilmore was revealed Wednesday morning to have tested positive for COVID-19.
“You just have to trust in the protocols and the process in place. It was a little bit of a mental lapse,” Mahomes told reporters Wednesday.
Mahomes and his teammates have continued to test negative in the wake of their 26-10 win over the Patriots — which was pushed back a day after Cam Newton tested positive for COVID-19 — but so did Gilmore until Wednesday. The median incubation period for COVID-19 is four to five days from exposure to symptoms, according to the CDC.
Newton’s positive test forced the Patriots to take extra precautions, undergoing further testing before flying out Monday morning on two planes — reportedly one for about 20 people who had been in close contact with Newton and the other for the rest of the team. Gilmore was reportedly one of the individuals who had been in close contact with Newton and flew on the smaller plane.
The Chiefs also reportedly had a positive test before the game in practice squad quarterback Jordan Ta’amu.
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