When will Patriots vs. Chiefs be played? Cam Newton’s positive COVID-19 test postpones Week 4 game

Patriots quarterback Cam Newton has tested positive for COVID-19, according to multiple reports.

The Patriots did not mention Newton by name but did confirm a positive test for one player in a statement Saturday. The Patriots will place Newton on the COVID/reserve list, meaning he’ll be in isolation from the team until he starts to feel better and tests negative for the virus. Starting in his place will be Jarrett Stidham or Brian Hoyer.

The NFL has confirmed the game has been postponed.

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

The NFL has not set an official reschedule date, but says it is aiming for Monday or Tuesday.

When will Patriots play in Week 4?

The Patriots are scheduled to play the Chiefs in Week 4, but it won’t be during their originally scheduled 4:25 p.m. ET time slot on Sunday.

(UPDATE:) Initial reports suggested the game would take place on Tuesday; according to a Sunday report from ESPN, however, the league is looking to play the game on Monday, Oct. 5, prior to the Falcons-Packers “Monday Night Football” game. The NFL later confirmed Schefter’s report.

The contest will air on CBS at 7:05 p.m. ET, and is contingent on COVID-19 tests both teams administer — including on gameday. That follows a late Saturday report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter that every other Patriots test came back negative for the virus.

If there is another bump in the road, then we can likely expect this game to be postponed until later, similar to what we saw with the Titans and Steelers.

When will Chiefs play in Week 4?

The Chiefs are scheduled to play the Patriots in Week 4 following Cam Newton’s positive COVID-19 test. The game will take place on Monday, Oct. 5, according to the NFL.

While no one on the Chiefs’ active roster has tested positive for COVID-19, a practice squad player, reportedly quarterback Jordan Ta’amu, did test positive. That is likely why the league felt comfortable moving the game away from Sunday. The NFL wants to make sure no more Patriots or Chiefs players test positive before they play each other.

Cam Newton tests positive for COVID-19

While the Patriots did not mention Newton by name in a team statement released Saturday, they did acknowledge a positive test for COVID-19. Multiple reports list Newton as the player who tested positive, and as a result he will be sidelined for the team’s Week 4 game against the Chiefs.

Newton had been a star for New England, leading it to a 2-1 record through three games. He has accounted for six total touchdowns, scoring four on the ground, as he has proven to be a valuable free-agent signing.

Who will start at quarterback for the Patriots in Week 4?

The assumption is Jarrett Stidham will start for the Patriots with Cam Newton out, but a starter has not yet been named. Stidham has been the third-string quarterback through New England’s first three games this season while Brian Hoyer has been the active backup. It is not clear at the moment which of the two quarterbacks will start in place of Newton for Week 4.

UPDATE: NFL Media says Hoyer is expected to start for the Patriots in Week 4.

Colts vs. Bears Week 4 game affected

With the Patriots-Chiefs game being moved out of the 4:25 p.m. window, the NFL has bumped up Colts at Bears from 1 p.m. to 4:25 p.m. The Colts and Bears join Giants at Rams and Bills at Raiders as the other late-afternoon games in Week 4.

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