Cam Newton has reportedly tested positive for COVID-19, according to ESPN and NFL.com. The New England Patriots quarterback was set to lead the team against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, but will now sit out. The initial info surfaced via tweets by reporters Adam Schefter (ESPN) and Ian Rapoport (NFL), with more details trickling in immediately afterward.
Both reporters add that the team has been conducting widespread testing due to Newton's diagnosis, but the case seems to be isolated. However, more positive results could come in the next few days. Field Yates added that Brian Hoyer or Jarrett Stidham would start for the Patriots in Newton's place. The Patriots have not officially confirmed Newton having contracted the novel coronavirus, but they did release a statement claiming that an undisclosed player test positive.
This is isolated. So as of right now, it’s only Cam Newton. https://t.co/Gb4kdUKBFM— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 3, 2020
Patriots have been doing mass testing and re-testing and, so far, there is no spread, per source. https://t.co/0XyCkixjgv— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 3, 2020
"Late last night, we received notice that a Patriots player tested positive for COVID-19," the team said in a statement. "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."
All options now appear to be on the table. Patriots could leave later today. Patriots could leave Sunday. Game could be postponed. As one source texted, “No way they can travel today.” https://t.co/RwjemCEQQD— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 3, 2020
As for how Sunday's game will be affected, it is unclear. The Pats intended to leave for Kansas City on Saturday afternoon, but that could now be out of the question. The NFL has not said if the game will be postponed or canceled just yet. Newton has also not commented on the alleged diagnosis.