Early this week, the Tennessee Titans reported several COVID-19 cases amongst its players and personnel. And the other team to break its silence on that matter is the New England Patriots, after their quarterback, Cam Newton, tested positive for the deadly virus.
Newton is expected to be sidelined during Sunday’s Night Football against the Kansas City Chiefs, as reported by Adam Schefter of ESPN. It was noted that the quarterback would be heading to the COVID-19 reserve list.
The New England Patriots are still conducting mass testing and re-testing, and even though there is no spread so far, we can expect to hear few or no cases of the coronavirus within the team.
The other team to report a positive case for COVID-19 within this week is the Chiefs after their quarterback Jordan Ta’amu tested positive. This has forced the NFL league to postpone the Patriots-Chief game scheduled on Sunday and pushed forward to either Monday or Tuesday.
But if there are more cases of the deadly virus on both teams, then Patriots Vs. Chiefs may be rescheduled for a later date.
The most likely date for the Patriots-Chiefs encounter is Tuesday, which gives each team about five days to prepare for their Week 5 game. The Patriots are set to host the Broncos, while the Chiefs will host the Raiders next Sunday. When it comes to a bye week, the Patriots will have the Week 6 off and the Chiefs until Week 10.
The Patriots quickly released a statement announcing that a player had tested positive for COVID-19, but they didn’t disclose any further details.
The statement read that late last night is when they received results that one of their players tested positive for the coronavirus. He has since then entered to self-quarantine as directed by the government and other health-related agencies. The team added that all close contacts with the player, including other players, staff, and coaches, were subjected to COVID-19 tests, and every one of them tested negative. It was later brought forward that the player in question was QB Cam Newton, as reported by several media outlets.
Patriots also noted that their highest priority is maintaining their team and opponent’s health and safety, which is why they are in close consultation with the NFL and other medical experts to create a COVID-safe environment for all parties involved.
In early July, Cam Newton signed a 1-year deal with only $1.05 base salary with the Patriots, and it was the lowest amount for a veteran quarterback who has been in the league for long.
For the past three games in the resumed NFL 2020 regular season, Newton has completed 68.01% passes for 714 yards, 2 TDs, and 2 interceptions. He has further impacted the ground after rushing 35 times for 149 yards and contributing 4 TDs.
It will be a significant loss to the Patriots as their veteran quarterback is placed in the COVID-19 reserve list, and we all hope for a quick recovery and get to see him back on the field very soon.
Rachel Lott is a Reporter for Chroniclex After graduating from Cuyahoga Community College, Rachel got an internship at USA Evening and worked as a Reporter and Producer. Rachel has also worked as a Reporter for WKYC TV and Fox News Channel. Rachel Covers International Developments.