Patriots quarterback Cam Newton has tested positive for COVID-19, according to multiple reports.
The Patriots did not mention Newton by name, but did confirm a positive test in one player during a team statement on Saturday. The Patriots will place Newton on the COVID/reserve list, meaning he’ll be in isolation from the team until he starts to feel better and tests negative for the virus.
Starting in his place will be Jarrett Stidham or Brian Hoyer, but that’s only if the game is able to be played as scheduled. In their team statement, the Patriots said they were in contact with the NFL regarding their game with the Chiefs.
“We are in close consultation with the NFL, as well as our team of independent doctors and specialists, and will follow their guidance regarding our scheduled trip to Kansas City and game against the Chiefs,” the Patriots said in a statement. “The health and safety of our team, as well as our opponent, are of highest priority.”
NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport added in a tweet, “Plenty of things needs to be figured out before the game is officially on.”
When will Patriots vs. Chiefs be played?
The NFL’s Week 4 game between the Patriots and Chiefs has been postponed.
The game was scheduled to take place on Sunday at 4:25 p.m. ET, but the league wants to ensure this is an isolated incident on the Patriots. As we’ve seen with the Titans this week, some positive tests can take longer to reveal themselves, so playing on Sunday could risk a bigger outbreak among not only Patriots players, but Chiefs players, too.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the game is now expected to take place on Tuesday night.
However, based on previous reports by Schefter and Rapoport, that Tuesday date should be written in pencil, not Sharpie. Moving the game to Tuesday just allows the league a few extra days to make sure no one else on the Patriots tests positive. If everything is fine from now until Tuesday, then we can likely expect the game to take place on Tuesday.
If there is another bump in the road, then we can likely expect this game to be postponed until later, like what we saw with the Titans and Steelers.
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