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Report: Chiefs to Activate TE Blake Bell from COVID-19 List

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The Chiefs are set to activate a tight end from the COVID-19 reserve list on Friday to play in Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steeles, but it’s not the one that Kansas City fans will be hoping for.

The Chiefs are set to activate veteran backup Blake Bell, according to a report by Ian Rappaport of NFL network.

Kansas City is still without Pro Bowl starter Travis Kelce at tight end, slot receiver Tyreek Hill and others. Even though Friday is the final day of preparation for both teams before Sunday’s game, players that test negative on Saturday and have been vaccinated can still be activated from the list.

Bell is Kelce’s top backup at tight end. With both players out, the team would have been forced to call upon fifth-round rookie Noah Gray at what is an important position for the Kansas City offense.

Bell has played 94 career games with five teams and is in his second stint in Kansas City. In 13 games this season, Bell has five catches for 41 yards. Gray has four career catches for 18 yards and one touchdown.

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