Patrick Mahomes revealed he slept away from his pregnant fiancee over the weekend because of concerns around coronavirus.
Kansas City’s Week 4 game against New England was pushed back from last Sunday to Monday after Chiefs practice squad QB Jordan Ta’amu and Patriots passer Cam Newton both returned positive COVID-19 tests.
Though Mahomes was able to socially distance from Ta’amu in meetings at the Chiefs’ facility, he still took precautions when returning home to Brittany Matthews, who recently announced she was expecting the couple’s first child.
“It’s something I think about every day – you have to think about that with her being pregnant and kind of that high-risk category,” Mahomes told reporters on Wednesday.
“I just try to do my best, especially after Jordan was positive. Here we stay six feet apart and our meeting rooms are set up so we’re far enough apart.
“When I went home over the weekend I slept in a different bedroom and stayed away from her as much as possible until I’ve got these negative tests back.
“I’ve just tried to do my part, keep myself away from her and social distance whenever stuff like this arises.
“I get tested every single day so it’s good for keeping track of where I’m at.”
Fresh coronavirus cases emerged during the latest round of testing on Wednesday, with another two Tennessee players now suffering from the virus after the outbreak within the Titans last week.
All Chiefs players returned negative tests on Wednesday but Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore, who was named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year last season, revealed he had contracted the virus.
Gilmore, who has confirmed he is asymptomatic, played against the Chiefs on Monday and footage of him sharing a post-game hug with Mahomes went viral.
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“It’s a different time, I think that’s the biggest thing, and you knew that coming into the season,” Mahomes added.
“If you thought you were going to go through the entire season and no one was going test positive then you had a little bit of false hope.
“So, you just trust that the protocols in place are the right protocols. Obviously, with Brittany being pregnant, I try to do whatever I can to social distance and stay away, being available to the team but even more for me [it is about] keeping my family safe.
“I just do my best to stay socially distant and obviously had a little lapse at the end of the game, just trying to show respect to a great football player who I hope is getting better very quickly.
“I will try to keep away from that and try not do it again.”