UPDATE: Sunday’s game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the New England Patriots has been postponed. Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the expectation is that this game will be played on Tuesday, October 6, 2020.
The harsh reality of the COVID-19 pandemic has once again manifested itself, on the even of one of the most anticipated games on the Week Four Slate of the 2020 NFL Season.
As first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Field Yates, Patriots’ starting quarterback, Cam Newton, is the player who returned a positive test for COVID-19. Newton, who has been experiencing a career renaissance as of late, has led one of the most productive offenses in the NFL through the first three weeks of the season.
As a result, Newton is reportedly OUT for the upcoming game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
It is still uncertain as to whether this Sunday’s matchup will be affected by this positive test. It has been reported that several Patriots’ players and personnel (known to have been in recent close contact with Newton) are in the process of being tested. No additional positive tests have been reported, as of Saturday morning. The Pats are scheduled to leave New England for Kansas City at around 1 pm. Any changes to this travel schedule have yet to be reported.
The Patriots’ backup quarterbacks are Brian Hoyer and Jarrett Stidham on the 53-man roster. The team also employs quarterback Jake Dolegala on their practice squad.
-Mike D’Abate is a Managing Editor and Columnist for Full Press Coverage. He covers the New England Patriots and provides NFL editorial content. He is also the host of the Locked On Patriots podcast. Follow him on Twitter @mdabateFPC