Patriots have no positive COVID-19 test on Sunday, Chiefs game leans towards Monday, report says


After a Saturday that saw Patriots rookie quarterback Cam Newton land on the reserve / COVID roster following a positive coronavirus test, New England appears to be working out at best. According to Adam Schefter d’ESPN, all tests performed by Patriots players on Sunday morning all came back negative. This marks the second consecutive day of negative tests on the list after Newton’s positive test. Meanwhile, the latest Kansas City results from Sunday morning also came back clear, per Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. It comes after training team quarterback Jordan Ta’amu also tested positive on Saturday.

All of that positive momentum could lead the Patriots and Chiefs into their Week 4 game on Monday. In reality, Dianna Russini d’ESPN reports that during the New England squad reunion that began at 10 a.m. ET, the club were told the current plan is to play against the Chiefs on Monday. They were also told they had to fly on Monday morning.

According to the ABC, the Patriots should get special approval from the NFL and NFLPA to travel on the same day as a game. It doesn’t appear to be a situation that at least one anonymous New England player is thrilled about, texting Michael Giardi of the NFL network regarding the game day trip: “How do you think I would feel? It would be a difficult question. If the attempt to play Monday fails, Tuesday was another scenario proposed by the league in its initial statement.

Every time they kick off, the Patriots will be without Cam Newton and propel veteran Brian Hoyer, who has been Newton’s replacement for the first three weeks, to the starting point under center. Hoyer has 38 NFL starts to his name, but has never started a game for the Patriots, despite being on his third stint with the club.


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