NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero informed that Cam Newton, New England Patriot Quarterback, has tested positive for the coronavirus. He was placed under the reserve/COVID list on Saturday.
Newton will be staying out of the team’s Week 4 game vs. the Chiefs, which has been delayed by the league until either Monday or Tuesday after Chiefs practice squad QB Jordan Ta’amu also tested positive.
What happens to the game after Newton?
Rapoport cites that this is a sequestered case in New England, presently. Patriots players were requested to come in and test for POC as a player had already been tested positive. The instant outcomes show no more positives, as per Rapoport, but fallouts are known to take days to become apparent.
Currently, both facilities in New England and Kansas City are shut down and tests are going on to determine who was in proximity to Newton and Ta’amu for the last few days.
The Patriots have to travel to Kansas City however, as per Pelissero, the condition in New England persists to be instable as game day comes closer.
Who comes in at Newton’s place?
Brian Hoyer is anticipated to be the Patriots starting QB vs. the Chiefs he will be taking over in Newton’s time off, if and when the game is played in Week 4, sources informed Rapoport and NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.
The NFL said on Saturday that the game, initially planned for 4:25 p.m. EDT on Sunday, will be played Monday or Tuesday, that would be feasible only if no other player is found to have contracted the infection.
Newton has been the starter for all three games for New England. Ta’amu has not been in a game yet, but would have been in meetings with Super Bowl MVP Pat Mahomes and the team’s other QBs.
Patriots defensive back Devin McCourty said that the league might have developed arrogance after finishing training camps and the first two weeks of the season without any major outbreaks.
“But at the end of the day, we are in a pandemic,” he said. “So, what happened in Tennessee, although it kind of shocks us, it’s not really surprising. I think we all knew at some point we might get some positive tests.”