New England Patriots star Cam Newton and Kansas City Chiefs practice squad quarterback Jordan Ta’amu have tested positive for coronavirus, prompting Sunday’s game to be postponed.
The National Football League announced in a press release that Newton and Ta’amu’s positive tests caused the game to be moved to either Monday or Tuesday.
The Patriots have been doing mass testing after an outbreak on the Tennessee Titans caused their game with the Pittsburgh Steelers to be delayed.
‘The New England-Kansas City game scheduled for 4:25p.m. ET Sunday will be rescheduled to Monday or Tuesday after positive COVID-19 tests on both teams,’ the NFL statement read.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter initially reported that the Patriots were forced to delay their trip to Kansas as they awaited more test results and sought guidance from the NFL. About an hour later, Schefter reported via a source that the Patriots-Chiefs game has been postponed and will likely resume on Tuesday.
The Patriots shared an official statement on its website regarding Newton’s diagnosis, but did not name him directly.
‘Late last night, we received notice that a Patriots player tested positive for COVID-19. The player immediately entered self-quarantine.’ the statement read.
‘Several additional players, coaches and staff who have been in close contact with the player received point of care tests this morning and all were negative for COVID-19.
‘We are in close consultation with the NFL, as well as our team of independent doctors and specialists, and will follow their guidance regarding our scheduled trip to Kansas City and game against the Chiefs. The health and safety of our team, as well as our opponent, are of highest priority.’
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Source: Daily Mail