Cam Newton Update: Huge Details on COVID-19 Situation

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The first details on New England Patriots QB Cam Newton’s COVID-19 diagnosis have been reported.

Newton is asymptomatic after testing positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, according to reports.


What Does This Mean for Newton?

According to Fox Sports NFL insider Jay Glazer, Newton is asymptomatic, Ben Volin of the Boston Globe tweeted.

Newton being asymptomatic is important because it means he could return to the gridiron sooner. According to the official NFL protocol after a positive COVID-19 test:

Asymptomatic players can be reactivated once 10 days have passed since the initial positive test OR five days have passed since the initial positive test AND the player returns two consecutive negative PCR virus tests separated by 24 hours.

Symptomatic players cannot return until at least 10 days have passed since the first COVID symptoms appeared AND at least 72 hours have passed since symptoms last occurred.

If Newton is healthy and produces two negative tests, he could return by next week’s game. Even more than his potential quick return to the field, Newton’s reported asymptomatic status greatly reduces his chances of having serious complications from the virus.


When Will the Patriots Play the Chiefs?

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The New England Patriots' Cam Newton has tested positive for COVID-19 and the Kansas City Chiefs' practice squad QB Jordan Ta'Amu has as well. This has caused the Week 4 game between the Patriots and the Chiefs to be postponed. Here is what Michael Beca of NFL.com wrote: "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," the league announced in a statement. "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 gameday personnel as our primary consideration." It was learned Saturday that Patriots quarterback Cam Newton and Chiefs practice squad QB Jordan Ta'amu have both tested positive for COVID-19 and have been placed on the reserve/COVID list. #Patriots #NewEnglandPatriots #CamNewton #StephonGilmore #DevinMcCourty #JasonMcCourty #PatrickChung #BrandonBolden #LawrenceGuy #ChaseWinovich #JoshUche #KyleDugger #JoeThuney #JamesHarris #LamarMiller #JarrettStidham #AdamButler #JJTaylor #DevinAsiasi #DaltonKeene #JulianEdelman #NKealHarry #MohamedSanu #DavidAndrews #BillBelichick #RobertKraft #AFCEast #AFC #NFL

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Because of Newton and the Kansas City Chiefs’ Jordan Ta’amu’s positive tests, Sunday’s game between the Super Bowl champions and the New England Patriots was postponed.

Because no other Patriots or Chiefs tested positive, the game was rescheduled for Monday, October 5.


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