The New England Patriots will take on the defending Super Bowl champions without starting quarterback Cam Newton.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, starting Patriots quarterback Cam Newton will miss New England’s Week 4 clash. The Patriots are 2-1 and taking on a 3-0 Kansas City Chiefs team that has yet to lose since winning Super Bowl LIV.
Incidentally, the news comes the same week as the first NFL game to be postponed. The Tennessee Titans have several positive cases in their franchise, forcing their game with the Pittsburgh Steelers to later in the year.
Furthermore, the New England Patriots are now having to switch their protocol due to the positive test.
The New England Patriots’ official statement on Newton’s positive test:
“Late last night, we received notice that a Patriots player had tested positive for COVID-19. The player immediately entered self-quarantine. Several additional players, coaches, and staff who have been in close contact with the player receiver 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 in regards to our scheduled trip to Kansas City and the game against the Chiefs. The health and safety of our team, as well as our opponent, is our top priority.”
Newton Steps In
One of the NFL’s most interesting storylines of 2020 is the arrival of Cam Newton in New England. With legendary six-time Super Bowl champion QB Tom Brady now with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, all eyes are on Newton.
Consequentially, Newton is excelling under Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. In addition to 714 passing yards and two passing touchdowns, Newton is utilizing his legs with 149 rushing yards and four rushing scores in three games.
It is a stark change from the New England team fans saw with Brady. However, the results have been fairly solid for the Patriots thus far, and they will undoubtedly miss Newton against one of the NFL’s best teams.