But the day ended with a negative test return from all the other Patriots on Saturday night, a source told Schefter. The NFL has yet to get test results from the Chiefs, the source said, but that was what the league needed and wanted to see after a chaotic day in New England.Earlier today, the NFL said in a statement that there were “positive COVID-19 tests on both teams.” The league then announced that the Patriots-Chiefs game, originally scheduled for Sunday afternoon, would be postponed to Monday or Tuesday.
The NFL is not expected to determine the game day and time until it receives more test results on Sunday, sources told Schefter. A source also told Schefter: “Right now it’s Monday, but it could easily be Tuesday. ”
Whatever the league’s final decision, the Patriots are not expected to fly anywhere on Sunday, regardless of the test results. Even though they play on Monday, the team believe they will fly that morning, a source told Schefter.
Chiefs’ training team quarterback Jordan Ta’amu has tested positive, a source told ESPN, confirming an NFL Network report. Ta’amu serves as a quarterback for the Kansas City scouting squad and played Newton’s role in preparation for this week’s game.
With Newton out, the Patriots will have to find a new starting quarterback. Veteran Brian Hoyer was the Patriots’ No.2 quarterback for the first three weeks of the season, and 2019 fourth-round pick Jarrett Stidham was third in the depths table.
This is the first time this season that the Patriots have been affected by the coronavirus. So far, they haven’t placed any players on the reserve / COVID-19 roster.
Coach Bill Belichick previously said the Patriots, who also have quarterback Jake Dolegala on the practice squad, are fortunate to have good depth in the post.
Newton was one of the Patriots’ best players in the team’s 2-1 start. He’s 62 of 91 for 714 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions, and added 35 carries for 149 yards and four touchdowns.
Earlier this week, with news of the Tennessee Titans coronavirus outbreak, Belichick said, “We monitor everything every day. We don’t just do it when there’s a problem or something happens elsewhere. We do it daily. and educate everyone – because it’s everyone. It’s not just the players; it’s the players and the coaches and the staff and everybody. If we can do something better then we talk to them about how we can do it. So we try to watch it as best we can, and I think we’re pretty vigilant with all of us. “