Sources said that the game will air at 7:05 pm ET and on CBS.
The plan is contingent on negative COVID-19 tests. Teams do not usually test game days, but sources said both teams will be tested on Monday morning. According to sources, the Patriots players were tested on Sunday morning and all the tests came out negative.
Saturday began with New England, confirming that “a Patriots player tested positive for COVID-19,” and that “the player immediately entered self-quarantine.” That player, league sources told Shekhar and Field Yates, was Newton.
But all other Patriots’ Tests ended on Saturday night, returning negatively. The NFL still needed to get the main test result, the source said, but it was exactly what the league needed and wanted to see after a chaotic day in New England.
Earlier in the day, the NFL said in a statement that “both teams had positive COVID-19 tests.” The league will be rescheduled to Monday or Tuesday to announce the Patriots-Chiefs’ game originally scheduled for Sunday afternoon.
Sources said the plan is now for the Patriots to fly on Monday during the day and play that night.
Main practice squad quarterback Jordan Tamu tested positive, a source told ESPN, confirms an NFL Network report. Tamu serves as Kansas City’s scout team quarterback and played Newton in preparation for this week’s game.
Outside of Newton, the Patriots will need to find a new starting quarterback. Veteran Brian Hoyer has served as the Patriots’ No. 2 quarterback through the first three weeks of the season, and finished fourth on the 2019 fourth-round draft choice Jarrett Stidham depth chart.
This is the first time this season that the Patriots have been affected by the coronovirus. By this point, he had not placed a player on the Reserve / COVID-19 list.
Coach Bill Belichick has previously said that the Patriots, who also have Jake Dongella on the practice squad, are fortunate to have good depth at the position.
Newton has been one of the Patriots’ top performers during the team’s 2–1 start. He is 91 of 62 for 714 yards, with two touchdown passes and two interceptions, and added 35 carries for 149 yards and four touchdowns.
Earlier this week, with news of the Coronavirus outbreak of the Tennessee Titans, Bellich said: “We do everything every day. We don’t do it when there’s a problem or something comes up somewhere else. We Do it on a daily basis. And make everyone aware – because it’s everyone. It’s not just the players; it’s the players and the coaches and the staff and everyone else. If we can do something better, we talk to them How we can do it better. Monitor it best, and we, I think, are very cautious with all of us. ”