While the Titans of Tennessee to have experienced a COVID-19 outbreak this week, another team may be in trouble. Saturday morning, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that New England Patriots strategist Cam Newton tested positive for the coronavirus and will miss Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs. CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora Confirms Newton Will Be towards the COVID-19 reserve list. The Patriots have reportedly performed mass testing and re-testing, and there has been no spread so far.
After report released that Chiefs practice team quarterback Jordan Ta’amu Tuesday seems more likely than Monday., the league announced that the Patriots-Chiefs game would not be played on Sunday and instead “rescheduled until Monday or Tuesday after positive COVID-19 tests on both teams.” Schefter reports that a source said
If the Patriots-Chiefs can be played on Tuesday, that would give each team five days to prepare for their Week 5 clashes. The Patriots are expected to host the Broncos next Sunday, while the Chiefs are expected to host the Raiders, also on Sunday. The two Week 4 competitors don’t share a week off, with the Patriots due to take Week 6 off and the Chiefs not until Week 10.
The Patriots issued a statement confirming that they had a positive player test for COVID-19 but did not name said player.
“Late last night we were informed that a Patriots player had tested positive for COVID-19. The player immediately entered self-quarantine. Several other players, coaches and staff who have been in close contact with the player underwent point-of-service testing this morning. and all were negative for COVID-19.
We are in close consultation with the NFL, as well as our team of doctors and independent specialists, and will follow their advice regarding our planned trip to Kansas City and our game against the Chiefs. The health and safety of our team, as well as our opponent, is of the highest priority. “
In three games for the Patriots, Newton completed 68.1% of his passes for 714 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. He had a huge impact on the field, however, as he ran 35 times for 149 yards and four touchdowns. The veteran quarterback signed at least a year-long contract with the club last summer, with a base salary of just $ 1.05 million.
Bill Belichick will now have to make the decision if he wants to start Brian hoyer or Jarrett stidham under center whenever the game is played, and NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reports that Belichick will go with Hoyer as a starter. The Patriots were supposed to leave for Kansas City at 1 p.m. ET, but Schefter Reports that the flight will not leave on time. The Patriots players returned from the facility by noon ET. All options seem to be on the table, as the Patriots could fly later today (“No way,” a source told Schefter) or they could leave on Sunday. Unfortunately, there is a possibility that the match will be postponed.
If you’re looking for a fantastic replacement for this week (and maybe for the foreseeable future), CBS Sports Fantasy expert Dave Richard has you covered, as well as how to handle the postponed match in general.
“Newton’s best replacement for this week, at least in my eyes, is Ryan fitzpatrick (43% registered). He’s played really well the past two weeks and faces the league’s lowest-rated pass defense with the Seahawks. He might have surpassed Newton anyway. The next two best quarterbacks you might find on waivers that could boast big numbers are Baker Mayfield (57% enrolled) and Kirk’s cousins (40%). “
It is important to note that the incubation period for the virus is usually 3-7 days. This means that we could unfortunately see more positive tests in the next few days, like with what happened in Nashville with the Titans. According to CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora, Patriots know this is now a league issue, not a team issue. Everyone was told to stay home and wait by their phones for more news. The players have been told they could potentially leave for Kansas City today, Sunday, Monday, or maybe even later.
Newton didn’t seem symptomatic according to La Canfora, other than a few coughs. As Jonathan Jones, CBS Sports NFL Insider Notes, if a player tests positive and has no symptoms, they cannot return unless and until 10 days have passed since the initial positive test or five days have passed since the initial positive test and that two consecutive negative PCR virus tests be recorded 24 hours apart. In addition, the return must be approved by the club doctor, after consultation with ICS and the NFL chief medical officer. Finally, local regulations and requirements must be met before the player can return.