Dec 16, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) catches a pass against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

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Tyreek Hill clears COVID protocols

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill has cleared the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols, per an announcement from the team Saturday.

Hill, 27, was added to the the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday along with six other Chiefs players, joining tight end Travis Kelce as potential casualties for Sunday’s game with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Hill will now be available for that game.

The status of Kelce remains up in the air. He has been activated but not cleared to play, giving him the opportunity to play with a second negative test on game day.

On a negative note for Kansas City, the team also announced several coaches would not be available Sunday: quarterbacks coach Mike Kafka, running backs coach Greg Lewis and assistant offensive line coach Corey Matthaei.

The players added to the list Tuesday in addition to Hill were starting linebacker Nick Bolton, cornerbacks Rashad Fenton and Armani Watts, starting offensive linemen Lucas Niang and Kyle Long, and tight end Blake Bell. All reportedly tested positive.

Bolton and Niang were listed as questionable to play on the team’s latest injury report Saturday, along with Kelce.

Hill leads Kansas City with 102 receptions while Kelce is second on the team with 83 receptions. Both are over 1,000 yards receiving.

Kelce, 32, landed on the list with teammates Harrison Butker and Charvarius Ward Monday.

On Saturday, the Chiefs also activated defensive back Decaprio Bootle, tight end Nakia Griffin-Stewart, defensive back Josh Jackson and punter Johnny Townsend from the practice squad via COVID replacement.

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