Patriots fans were wondering if new quarterback Cam Newton could do anything that his Hall of Fame predecessor Tom Brady never did in his incomparable career. Well, yes, it happened today. Newton led to a Patriots game being postponed.
New England was set to travel to Kansas City to face Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs in the marquee game of the NFL weekend, but Cam Newton tested poise for the coronavirus and is out of the game. Here are the details from a Patriots official statement Saturday.“Late last night, we received notice that a Patriots player tested positive for COVID-19. The player immediately entered self-quarantine. 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.
According to the NFL Network, the Chiefs had a practice player named Jordan Ta’amu who tested positive as well. Ironically, he was on the scout team who (should this be “and”–doesn’t make sense as written) played the role of Cam Newton to get the Chiefs defense ready.
The NFL is moving the game, possibly to Tuesday night. It’s the first time all season that the Pats have had to deal with any COVID issues. Newton is the first positive test, but as we’ve seen with other teams, when one player tests positive, it’s usually followed with news of several more positive tests.
Most likely, the Patriots will turn to backup quarterback Brian Hoyer. The Patriots have a virtual team meeting tonight at 7 p.m. where more news could develop.