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Cam Newton has tested postive for COVID-19, according to Adam Schefter and will not play Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.
“Late last night, we received notice that a Patriots player tested positive for COVID-19,” the Patriots said in a statement. “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.
“We are in close consultation with the NFL, as well as our team of independent doctors and specialists, and will follow their guidance regarding our scheduled trip to Kansas City and game against the Chiefs. The health and safety of our team, as well as our opponent, are of highest priority.”
The Patriots have re-tested and so far there’s no sign of spread, according to Schefter’s sources.
Brian Hoyer has served as Newton’s backup through three weeks.
According to the NFL’s COVID-positive procedures, the following steps are taken.
Following a positive test, if the player is asymptomatic, he can return once:
- 10 days have passed since the initial positive test; OR
- Five days have passed since the initial positive test and the player receives two consecutive negative PCR virus tests at least 24 hours apart within that five-day period
Following a positive test, if the player demonstrates symptoms, he can return once:
- At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared; AND
- At least 72 hours have passed since he last experienced symptoms
All players must get clearance from the club’s Head Physician in both cases.