New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton has tested positive for COVID-19 and was placed on the reserve/COVID list on Saturday, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported.
Newton has been ruled out for the team's Week 4 game vs. the Chiefs, which was postponed by the league after an additional positive test result from Chiefs practice squad QB Jordan Ta'amu was learned.
"I never will question God's reasoning, just will always respond with, yes Lord," Newton wrote on Instagram on Sunday morning. "I appreciate all the love, support, and well wishes! I will take this time to get healthy and self reflect on the other amazing things that I should be grateful for!"
The NFL announced Sunday that the game is now set to take place Monday at 7:05 p.m. ET. All of the Patriots' and Chiefs' POC tests from Sunday morning have come back negative. There have been no other positives besides Newton and Ta'amu from the past few days. The teams are still awaiting word from their normal daily PCR tests conducted on Sunday, they are expecting those results to come in by night's end.
The Patriots are expected to travel to Kansas City on Monday barring any additional positive tests, per Pelissero.
As of now, both facilities in New England and Kansas City are closed and contract tracing is ongoing to determine who was close to Newton and Ta'amu within the last few days.
As for who takes over in Newton's absence, Brian Hoyer is expected to be the Patriots starting QB vs. the Chiefs, sources tell Rapoport and NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.