New England Patriots starting quarterback Cam Newton has tested positive for Covid-19. As a result, the Pats-Chiefs game has been postponed until Monday or Tuesday.
“Late last night, we received notice that a Patriots player tested positive for COVID-19. The player immediately entered self-quarantine,” the Patriots said in a statement Saturday. “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.”
The NFL said in a statement Saturday that there were “positive COVID-19 tests on both teams.” As a result of the positive tests, the NFL said Sunday’s scheduled game will be played either Monday or Tuesday. A source told Schefter that “Tuesday is more likely.”
Chiefs practice squad quarterback Jordan Ta’amu tested positive, a source told ESPN, confirming an NFL Network report. Ta’amu serves as Kansas City’s scout team quarterback and played the role of Newton in preparation for this week’s game.
Newton will need to be replaced. As a result, the line on this game has shifted from Chiefs -7.5 to -10.5.
Veteran Brian Hoyer has served as the Patriots’ No. 2 quarterback through the first three weeks of the season.
– Dan Shapiro, Gambling911.com