UPDATE: The NFL has determined Sunday’s recreation between the Patriots and Chiefs will probably be rescheduled for Monday or Tuesday. The choice comes after Kansas Metropolis observe squad quarterback Jordan Ta’amu additionally examined constructive for the coronavirus, in line with a number of stories.
EARLIER: New England Patriots star quarterback Cam Newton has examined constructive for the coronavirus and is out for Sunday’s recreation in opposition to the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs, in line with stories.
Newton’s sickness has not but contaminated different Patriots gamers, nevertheless it places Sunday’s recreation in jeopardy, as extra constructive outcomes might floor on the staff within the coming days. His sickness is available in the identical week that not less than 16 Tennessee Titans gamers and staffers examined constructive, a transfer that led to the postponement of the staff’s recreation this week in opposition to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The uncertainty surrounding Newton leaves the ball squarely within the NFL’s courtroom on whether or not the Patriots-Chiefs recreation will go on as scheduled. Not like different skilled sports activities leagues, the NFL has not resorted to isolating its groups in a “bubble” to stop infections. Up to now, it has had few instances, however this newest outbreak raises purple flags on the general technique.
The Patriots issued an announcement with out naming Newton. “The well being and security of our staff, in addition to our opponent, are of highest precedence,” the Patriots assertion stated.
Newton is a key participant for the Patriots. The 31-year-old quarterback has led them to a 2-1 report and accounted for six touchdowns, together with 4 speeding.