Originally scheduled for Sunday at 4:25 pm, the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs game has now been rescheduled.
The game will now be played on Monday night at 7:05 pm ET from Kansas City, Missouri at Arrowhead Stadium.
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What Caused the Rescheduling?
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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
On Saturday, news broke about Cam Newton’s positive COVID-19 test. Also, Jordan Ta’amu, a practice squad QB for the Chiefs, tested positive for the virus. In accordance with NFL rules, players, coaches, and staff for both teams were tested.
However, because no other members of the Patriots or Chiefs tested positive, the game was rescheduled for a day after it’s original time.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 4, 2020
Who Won’t Be On the Field?
Obviously, Newton is still out. He will have to post multiple negative tests and remain quarantined for a specific length of time before he can return to the Patriots facility. That’s the scenario if he is asymptomatic. If he actually has symptoms, things become more complex and layered.
For now, it is expected veteran backup Brian Hoyer will get the start against the Chiefs. Ta’amu is a practice squad player, so he more than likely wouldn’t have been activated for the game even if he had not tested positive.
The Patriots will still be without David Andrews and a few others who are also still on the injured reserve list. Patriots special teamer Cody Davis is out with a rib injury. Defensive tackle Adam Butler, wide receiver Julian Edelman, guard Shaq Mason, running back Sony Michel and offensive tackle Isaiah Wynn are all listed as questionable. Chris Jones is the only Chiefs player on the injured list, he is listed as questionable.
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