ESPN: All other Patriots’ COVID tests negative, Chiefs game could be played Monday

Cam Newton is currently the only member of the team to have COVID-19, according to reports.

Bill Belichick will be without quarterback Cam Newton if the Patriots face the Chiefs this week. Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff

Quarterback Cam Newton is the only member of the Patriots who has COVID-19, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, after a perfect round of tests came back Saturday night.

“NFL still needs to get the Chiefs test results, but this was what the league needed and wanted to see after a chaotic day in New England,” Schefter wrote.

The NFL was forced to postpone Sunday’s game between the Patriots and Chiefs after Newton and Kansas City backup quarterback Jordan Ta’amu were reportedly diagnosed with COVID-19.

On Sunday morning, ESPN’s Dianna Russini reported, per sources, that Patriots players were told the plan is to travel to Kansas City Monday and play the game Monday night. Given the uncertainty, many experts believed it shouldn’t be played on one of those days. Now, after this encouraging news for the Patriots, it appears likely the game will occur if the Chiefs also have a clean slate in their next round of testing.


An official ruling will likely surface Sunday or Monday.

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