Patriots-Chiefs Game Postponed Due To COVID, Positive Tests ‘On Both Teams’

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Adam Schefter is reporting the Patriots-Chiefs game on Sunday has been postponed and “is expected to be played Monday or Tuesday,” after it was announced Saturday morning that Cam Newton has tested positive for COVID-19.

The NFL revealed in a statement that there are positive COVID cases on both teams. “In consultation with infectious disease experts, both clubs are working closely with the NFL and NFLPA to evaluate multiple close contacts, perform additional testing and monitor developments,” the statement read. “All decisions will be made with the health and safety of players, team and gameday personnel as our primary consideration.”

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting Chiefs practice squad QB Jordan Ta’amu has tested positive and has been added to the reserve list.

Per the NFL, here’s how they handle the return of players after a positive COVID test.

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.


Written by Joe Kinsey

Joe Kinsey is the Senior Director of Content of OutKick and the editor of the Morning Screencaps column that examines a variety of stories taking place in real America.

Kinsey is also the founder of OutKick’s Thursday Night Mowing League, America’s largest virtual mowing league.

Kinsey graduated from University of Toledo.


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