Monday’s game between the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs has tentatively been rescheduled for Tuesday or Wednesday after Patriots star quarterback Cam Newton and Chiefs practice squad quarterback Jordan Ta’amu tested positive for the coronavirus, according to multiple reports.
Both cases come in the same week that saw 16 Titans players and staff members test positive for COVID-19, which led the NFL to postpone Tennessee’s Week 4 game against the Steelers.
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As of Saturday, no other Patriots players or staff members have tested positive for the virus; however, more positive results may begin to surface in the coming days, as was the case with Tennessee. Both teams have closed their facilities.
New England in a statement confirmed one of its players had tested positive, without naming Newton.
“The health and safety of our team, as well as our opponent, are of highest priority,” the Patriots wrote.
After being limited to two games last season with the Carolina Panthers due to injury, Newton had begun making a bid to become NFL Comeback Player of the Year. Leading the Patriots to a 2-1 start, the 31-year-old quarterback has accounted for a total of six touchdowns — including four rushing — while throwing for 714 yards and a career-high 68.1 completion percentage.
If Newton is out for an extended amount of time, the Patriots could start 2019 fourth-round draft pick and 24-year-old Jarrett Stidham, who has thrown four career passes, or journeyman Brian Hoyer.
The 34-year-old Hoyer has appeared in 69 games with seven teams — and three previous stints with the Patriots — while throwing for 52 touchdowns, 34 interceptions, and a 59.1 completion percentage.
Newton, the 2015 league MVP, signed a one-year, $500,000 guaranteed contract with the Patriots this off-season after Tom Brady left for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Ta’amu, 22, is in his first season with the Chiefs.
This article originally appeared on the NY Post and was reproduced with permission.