The NFL said in a statement on Saturday that there were “positive COVID-19 tests on both teams.”
Chiefs’ training team quarterback Jordan Ta’amu has also 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.
Following the positive tests, the NFL said Sunday’s scheduled game will be played on Monday or Tuesday. A source told Schefter that “Tuesday is more likely.”
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 COVID-19 reserve list.
Head 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 he 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 get everyone – because it’s everyone, it’s not just the players; it’s the players, coaches and staff and everyone – educate everyone. Or if we can do something better then we talk to them about how we can do it better. So we try to monitor him as best we can, and I think we’re pretty vigilant with all of us. “