FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton has reportedly tested positive for coronavirus, according to reports from ESPN and NFL Network.
The news was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Field Yates.
The Patriots released a statement on Twitter Saturday following ESPN’s report.
“Late last night, we received notice that a Patriots players tested positive for COVID-19,” the statement read. “The player immediately entered self-quarantine. Several additional players, coaches 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.”
The Patriots have not had any other positive tests yet up until this point.
The NFL said that the Patriots’ game against the Chiefs will not be played as scheduled on Sunday. Instead, it will be rescheduled to Monday or Tuesday “after positive COVID-19 tests on both teams.”
Schefter says that the team is undergoing “mass testing and re-testing,” according to a source, and was supposed to leave for Kansas City this afternoon to play the defending league champions, but their trip is “on standby as they await more test results and guidance from the NFL.”
Newton, 31, is in his first season with New England after spending the first 9 seasons of his career with the Carolina Panthers. Newton won the league’s MVP award in 2015 with the Panthers, and was playing well in New England, replacing longtime quarterback Tom Brady, leading the Patriots to a 2-1 record through the first three games of the season.
This is a developing story. Check back later for further updates.