The NFL postponed this week’s match amongst New England and the Tremendous Bowl winner Kansas Town Chiefs immediately after “positive COVID-19 tests on the two teams.” ESPN noted on Saturday that Patriots quarterback Cam Newton was between individuals tests optimistic.
The NFL said on Saturday that the video game, initially scheduled for 4:25 p.m. EDT on Sunday, will be performed on Monday or Tuesday, a transfer that would be achievable only if there is no broader spread of the illness on the rosters.
The Patriots verified that a participant has examined beneficial but did not reveal his identify. Newton’s agent did not promptly react to a concept from The Connected Push searching for confirmation.
The only recognised Chiefs participant to examination constructive is quarterback Jordan Ta’amu, a member of the observe squad who has not appeared in a sport but would have spent time in meetings with Tremendous Bowl MVP Pat Mahomes and the team’s other QBs.
It is the 2nd sport this weekend that has been afflicted by COVID-19. Soon after an outbreak on the Titans, the matchup in between Pittsburgh and Tennessee was postponed — originally for a day or two, and then until finally Oct. 25 as the optimistic tests accrued.
To suit it in, the Steelers’ video game in opposition to Baltimore that day was pushed again to Nov. 1.
The Patriots experienced been setting up to fly to Kansas Metropolis on Saturday afternoon. Alternatively, gamers left the facility to await further more guidelines. The staff said in a statement that the COVID-beneficial participant has entered self-quarantine and that players, coaches, and staff members who were in close call with him have been examined Saturday early morning and all have been unfavorable.
Before this week, Patriots defensive back Devin McCourty explained the league could possibly have grown overconfident right after generating it by means of schooling camps and the initial two weeks of the time with no a key outbreak.
“But at the close of the working day, we are in a pandemic,” he stated. “So what occurred in Tennessee, although it form of shocks us, it is not actually surprising. I consider we all realized at some stage we may well get some positive tests.
“So it is like, ‘We obtained this,’” he explained. “I think this is just a minor shocker, but it’s also a wakeup simply call, like ‘Hey, the virus is nonetheless here and it will impact any and everybody. It doesn’t care that we’re hoping to perform football.’”
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