A strange NFL season got stranger Saturday morning when Patriots quarterback Cam Newton tested positive for the coronavirus, a league source confirms to the Daily News. The former NFL MVP won’t play in the highly anticipated showdown in Kansas City on Sunday.
The Patriots released a statement Saturday morning:
"Late last night, we received notice that a Patriots player tested positive for COVID-19. The player immediately entered self-quarantine. Several additional players, coach 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.”
It’s unclear how the news will impact the game against the Chiefs. The Patriots are still at the team’s facility and have not yet left for Kansas City.
Newton has looked rejuvenated with six total touchdowns (two passing and four rushing) to help the Patriots to a 2-1 start. Brian Hoyer and Jarrett Stidham are the other quarterback’s on Bill Belichick’s roster.
The latest bombshell comes during a week when the Titans had an outbreak that forced the NFL to shut down their team facility and move their game with the Steelers to later this month. More Titans employees (one player and staff members) tested positive on Saturday.
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