Cam Newton New England Patriots QB tests positive for COVID-19
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton has tested positive for the coronavirus and is out for the team’s Week 4 game against the Kansas City Chiefs, league sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Field Yates.
“Late last night, we got a notification that a Patriots player had tested positive for COVID-19. The player immediately entered self-quarantine,” the Patriots said during a statement Saturday. “Several additional players, coaches and staff who are in close contact with the player received point of care tests this morning and every one were negative for COVID-19.”
The NFL said during a statement Saturday that there have been “positive COVID-19 tests on both teams.” As a results of the positive tests, the NFL said Sunday’s scheduled game are going to be played either Monday or Tuesday. A source told Schefter that “Tuesday is more likely.” Though a final determination won’t be made until the league gets back more test results Sunday, sources told Schefter later Saturday.
Chiefs practice squad quarterback Jordan Ta’amu tested positive, a source told ESPN, confirming an NFL Network report. Ta’amu is Kansas City’s scout team quarterback and played the role of Cam Newton in preparation for this week’s game.
The Patriots are set to possess a virtual team meeting at 7 p.m. Saturday, sources told ESPN’s Dianna Russini.
With Cam Newton out, the Patriots will got to find a replacement starting quarterback. Veteran Brian Hoyer has served because the Patriots’ No. 2 quarterback through the primary three weeks of the season, and 2019 fourth-round draft choice Jarrett Stidham has been third on the depth chart.
This marks the primary time this season that the Patriots are suffering from the coronavirus. Up to the present point, they hadn’t placed a player on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Coach Bill Belichick had previously said that the Patriots, who even have quarterback Jake Dolegala on the practice squad, are fortunate to possess good depth at the position.
Cam Newton has been one among the Patriots’ top performers during the team’s 2-1 start. He’s 62-of-91 for 714 yards, with two touchdown passes and two interceptions, and has added 35 rushes for 149 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Earlier in the week , with news of the Tennessee Titans’ coronavirus outbreak, Belichick had said: “We monitor everything a day . we do not just roll in the hay when there is a problem or something comes up elsewhere . We roll in the hay on a day to day and make everyone aware — because this is often everybody. it isn’t just players; it’s players and coaches and staff and everybody else. If we will do something better, then we ask them about how we will roll in the hay better. So we attempt to monitor it the simplest we will , and we, I think, are pretty vigilant with all folks .”
reported by: ESPN