BOSTON (CBS) – The New England Patriots were supposed to play one of their biggest games of the season this weekend against the Kansas City Chiefs. But that won’t happen after quarterback Cam Newton tested positive for COVID-19.
The NFL has postponed Sunday’s Patriots-Chiefs game and hopes to play it on Monday or Tuesday. The league released the following statement Saturday morning, which revealed that the Chiefs are also dealing with positive tests:
The New England-Kansas City game scheduled for 4:25 p.m. ET Sunday will be rescheduled to Monday or Tuesday after positive COVID-19 tests on both teams.
In consultation with infectious disease experts, both clubs are working closely with the NFL and the NFLPA to evaluate multiple close contacts, perform additional testing and monitor developments. All decisions will be made with the health and safety of players, team and gameday personnel as our primary consideration.
Now sounding like, Tuesday Night Football, Patriots at Chiefs.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 3, 2020
It was later reported that Chiefs practice squad quarterback Jordan Ta’amu had tested positive and was placed on the NFL’s reserve/COVID-19 list.
The Patriots were set to fly out to Kansas City around 1 p.m. on Saturday, but players were sent home after the positive test was revealed. They will reportedly have a virtual team meeting on Saturday night.
The Patriots will have a team meeting tonight at 7pm per sources. The players I have spoken with shared they haven’t been told when the game against the Chiefs will be played. They were told the league is still tossing around this Monday or Tuesday.
— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) October 3, 2020
Patriots-Chiefs is now the second game this weekend that has been postponed due to COVID-19. Sunday’s Tennessee-Pittsburgh game was postponed earlier this week after the Titans has several players and staff members test positive.