Star Patriots quarterback Cam Newton has tested positive for COVID-19, according to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter.
New England released a statement following the news of Newton contracting the virus.
“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 or our team, as well as our opponent, are of the highest priority.”
Newton is the biggest-named player to be infected with the novel coronavirus. Following his positive test, the NFL immediately released a statement.
“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 game day personnel as our primary consideration.”
While Newton won’t play in the highly anticipated matchup, the teams and league are working to determine when the tilt could take place. Canadian-born receiver N’Keal Harry will have to adjust and catch passes from Brian Hoyer who is set to start in Newton’s place. Harry ranks second on the team behind Julian Edelman with 15 receptions for 145 yards in three games for the 2-1 Patriots.