NFL Game Shelved After Star QB Tests Positive

New England, Kansas City won't be playing Sunday
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 3, 2020 3:00 PM CDT
NFL Game Shelved After Star QB Tests Positive
New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton (1) celebrates his touchdown pass to running back Rex Burkhead (34) in the first half of an NFL football game against the Las Vegas Raiders, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Foxborough, Mass.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

The NFL postponed this week's game between New England and the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs after "positive COVID-19 tests on both teams." ESPN reported on Saturday that Patriots quarterback Cam Newton was among those testing positive. The NFL said on Saturday that the game, originally scheduled for 4:25pm EDT on Sunday, will be played on Monday or Tuesday, a move that would be possible only if there is no wider spread of the disease on the rosters, the AP reports. The Patriots confirmed that a player has tested positive but did not reveal his name. Newton's agent hasn't yet confirmed the positive test.

The only known Chiefs player to test positive is quarterback Jordan Ta'amu, a member of the practice squad who has not appeared in a game but would have spent time in meetings with Super Bowl MVP Pat Mahomes and the team's other QBs. It is the second game this weekend that has been affected by COVID-19. After an outbreak on the Titans, the matchup between Pittsburgh and Tennessee was postponed—originally for a day or two, and then until Oct. 25 as the positive tests accumulated. To fit it in, the Steelers' game against Baltimore that day was pushed back to Nov. 1. The Patriots had been planning to fly to Kansas City on Saturday afternoon. Instead, players left the facility to await further instructions.

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