UPDATE: NFL has postponed the game to Monday or Tuesday — after "positive tests on both teams." They also said that about Titans-Steelers before it was postponed to Week 7.
The New England-Kansas City game scheduled for 4:25 p.m. ET Sunday will be rescheduled to Monday or Tuesday after positive COVID-19 tests on both teams.
In consultation with infectious disease experts, both clubs are working closely with the NFL and the NFLPA to evaluate multiple close contacts, perform additional testing and monitor developments. All decisions will be made with the health and safety of players, team and gameday personnel as our primary consideration.
Cam Newton has tested positive for Covid-19 and will be out for Sunday's game against the Chiefs, two league sources confirmed.
Either Brian Hoyer or Jarrett Stidham will start on Sunday — if the game is allowed to continue, which is not a definite yet.
The Patriots were scheduled to leave at 1 p.m., but several Patriots players and staff are being retested.
The Patriots released a statement but did not confirm the name of the player.
“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.
“We are in close consultation with the NFL, as well as our team of independent doctors and specialists, and will follow their guidance regarding our scheduled trip to Kansas City and game against the Chiefs. The health and safety of our team, as well as our opponent, are of highest priority.”
According to league sources, there are many hoops to jump through before this game even happens. While testing is being done now, the teams will be looking to the league to make a decision in the next few hours. Another factor: how close Newton was to others in the building this week through the league's tracking software.
It's hard to imagine this game going forward at this time considering what is transpiring with the Titans. Their testing initially came back promising, but Adam Schefter reported this morning that they're up to 16 positive tests, including eight players.
As for when the game might be played – and the NFL set a precedent with the Titans-Steelers game that these Covid-delayed games will be rescheduled — there's no easy swap for the Chiefs and Patriots.
The Patriots' bye week is in Week 6 — October 18th. The Chiefs bye is Week 10 — Nov. 15th. The NFL could be looking at a scenario where the game is played in a new Week 18.
If, by some miracle (or outright stupidity by the NFL), the game is played, how does that affect the team?