Patrick Mahomes, Maurice Hurst | Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
Fears about spread of the virus impact both teams
Earlier on Wednesday, ESPN reported that an unnamed Raiders’ player tested positive, but that report was refuted and the team has not put any other players on the list so far.
While the Raiders hope that they don’t get any more positive test results, the Chiefs are holding their breath as well.
Also on Wednesday, New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore tested positive. The Chiefs beat the Patriots on Monday night and star Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes embraced Gilmore after the game. Mahomes is taking precautions, even at home, as his pregnant fiancee tweeted that they’re socially distancing.
Imagine having to social distance from your significant other
— Brittany Matthews (@brittanylynne8) October 7, 2020
Maurice Hurst and Josh Allen embracing after Bills/Raiders on Sunday
— Chris Trapasso (@ChrisTrapasso) October 7, 2020
Collectively, the Raiders have been fined $565,000 for various NFL coronavirus guidelines violations. When asked about his concerns about playing the Chiefs after they played the Patriots and Gilmore, Raiders coach Jon Gruden made it clear that he is tiring of the issue.
“I’m not going to answer any more of these questions,” Gruden said on Wednesday. “I’m really confident that everybody is doing the best they can. We are doing everything we can. We have great confidence in everybody we play that they’re doing the best they can.
“This is a tough situation. I admire everybody’s cooperation, working hard to prevent the spread. I’m not going to keep answering questions about this. I hate the virus. We have to rev up our intensity and our concentration on how to beat it, and that we will do.”