Patriots quarterback Cam Newton has tested positive for COVID-19, according to multiple reports.
The Patriots did not mention Newton’s name but confirmed a positive test for a player in a statement on Saturday. The Patriots will place Newton on the COVID / reserve list, meaning he will be isolated from the squad until he starts to feel better and tests negative for the virus. Jarrett Stidham or Brian Hoyer will start in his place.
The NFL has confirmed the game has been postponed.
“In consultation with infectious disease experts, the two clubs are working closely with the NFL and NFLPA to assess several close contacts, perform additional testing and monitor developments,” the league said in a statement. “All decisions will be made with the health and safety of the players, team and match day staff as our primary consideration.”
The NFL has not set an official rescheduling date, but says it is aiming for Monday or Tuesday.
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When will the Patriots play in Week 4?
The Patriots are expected to face the Chiefs in Week 4, but it won’t be during their originally scheduled 4:25 p.m. ET Sunday time slot.
(UPDATE:) Early reports suggested the game would take place on Tuesday; according to an ESPN Sunday report, however, the league is looking to play the game on Monday October 5, before the Falcons-Packers “Monday Night Football” game. The NFL Later confirmed Schefter’s report.
The contest will air on CBS at 7:05 p.m. ET and is dependent on COVID-19 tests administered by both teams, including game day. This follows a report late Saturday from ESPN Adam schefter that all of the Patriots’ other tests came back negative for the virus.
If there’s another bump in the road then we can probably expect this game to be postponed, similar to what we’ve seen with the Titans and Steelers.
When will the Chiefs play in week 4?
The Chiefs are expected to play against the Patriots in Week 4 after Cam Newton tested positive for COVID-19. The match will take place on Monday October 5, according to the NFL.
Although no one on the Chiefs’ active roster has tested positive for COVID-19, one player on the practice squad, believed to have been quarterback Jordan Ta’amu, has tested positive. That’s probably why the league felt comfortable pushing Sunday’s game away. The NFL wants to make sure that no other Patriots or Chiefs player will test positive before they face each other.
Cam Newton tested positive for COVID-19
Although the Patriots did not mention Newton by name in a team statement released on Saturday, they did recognize a positive test for COVID-19. Several reports mention Newton as the player who tested positive and as a result he will be sidelined for the team’s Week 4 game against the Chiefs.
Newton had been a star for New England, leading them to a 2-1 record in three games. He scored six touchdowns in total, scoring four on ground, as he has proven to be a valuable free agent.
Who will start as the Patriots quarterback in Week 4?
The hypothesis is Jarrett stidham will start for the Patriots with Cam Newton, but a starter has yet to be named. Stidham has been the third quarterback in New England’s first three games this season, while Brian hoyer was active backup. It’s unclear at this time which of the two quarterbacks will start in Newton’s place for week 4.
UPDATE: NFL Media says Hoyer is expected to start for the Patriots in Week 4.
The Colts vs. Bears Week 4 affected
With the Patriots-Chiefs game coming out of the 4:25 p.m. window, the NFL switched the Colts to Bears from 1 p.m. to 4:25 p.m. afternoon matches in week 4.