Sports | October 3, 2020 12:15 pm

Report: Cam Newton Tests Positive for COVID-19, Will Miss Week 4

The Patriots' trip to Kansas City is now on standby

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Cam Newton during a game against the Las Vegas Raiders.
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One of the most compelling narratives of the NFL season so far has been Cam Newton’s return to form with the New England Patriots. The Patriots signed Newton for a relative bargain, and so far have seen their gamble pay off brilliantly.

Going into Week 4 of the season, however, that gamble has hit what’s hopefully only a brief snag. According to a report from Cris Cwik at Yahoo Sports, the Patriots have placed Newton on their COVID-19/reserve list for Week 4. Newton will miss the Patriots’ upcoming game against the Kansas City Chiefs as a result.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Newton tested positive for COVID-19, but that the rest of the team has tested negative for it.

Earlier Saturday morning, the Patriots’ official account tweeted that an unnamed player had tested positive for COVID-19, and that this player had immediately begun to self-quarantine.

It’s possible that the NFL may postpone this game entirely: as of Saturday morning, the Patriots were on standby for their trip.

As Cwik’s report for Yahoo notes, the lack of positive tests doesn’t mean that more players might not be diagnosed with the coronavirus — which could lead to a catastrophic situation for both the Patriots and Chiefs. It’s also entirely possible that the Patriots caught this quickly and Newton will be the only player affected. Either way, it’s an important decision for all involved — and one that could set a precedent moving forward.

UPDATE: Adam Schefter is reporting that the game has been postponed until “Monday or Tuesday.”

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