The Kansas City Chiefs are set to begin training camp and it looks a little different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The biggest change will be the cancellation of all preseason games. The Chiefs are typically one of the top teams when it comes to utilizing those games to prepare for the upcoming season.
Another change will be the stringent testing of players, coaches and staff. Following an initial wave of screening for the virus, players will be tested on a daily basis for two weeks. After two weeks, testing will be determined by the positivity rate among all NFL players. If the league can stay below a 5% threshold, testing will happen every other day for the remainder of the season.
Players will wear devices to be able to quickly and efficiently trace potential contacts with someone who comes back with a positive test. If it’s determined that a player contracted coronavirus while engaging in conduct detrimental, they can be fined.
Of course, the team won’t be at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Missouri this year. They’ll be splitting time between Arrowhead Stadium and the University of Kansas Health System Training Complex. Fans also won’t be permitted to attend practices as they would be in a normal training camp.
As for the schedule for the Chiefs, well it looks different than in previous years. Here’s a quick breakdown of the schedule from the rookie report date all the way to the season opener for Kansas City.