New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton has tested positive for the coronavirus and Sunday’s game against the Chiefs is being postponed, according to a report from ESPN.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter, citing a source, said the Patriots have been doing “mass testing and re-testing” and so far no spread has been reported to others players or staff.
The NFL announced around noon on Saturday that the game has been postponed and will now be played on Monday or Tuesday instead.
The team confirmed in a statement only that “a Patriots player” tested positive and has entered self-quarantine. They did not name the player.
The team said several additional players, coaches and staff who have been in close contact with the player were tested Saturday morning and were negative for COVID-19.
“The health and safety of our team, as well as our opponent, are of highest priority,” the Patriots said in their statement.
Newton, the 2015 NFL MVP, had led the team to a 2-1 start since replacing departed free agent Tom Brady this offseason. He was signed to an incentive-laden one-year deal worth up to $7.5 million over the summer after being released by the Carolina Panthers.
Brian Hoyer was the Patriots’ active backup quarterback for the first three games of the season, with Jarrett Stidham listed as inactive all three weeks.