Update: The Chiefs and Patriots will play at 7:05 ET on Monday night, as both teams received good news with their players testing negative for COVID-19. The Falcons and Packers will play as scheduled on Monday night as well (8:05 pm).
“The New England-Kansas City game scheduled for 4:25 p.m. ET Sunday will be rescheduled to Monday or Tuesday after positive COVID-19 tests on both teams,” the statement read.
“In consultations 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. All decisions will be made with the health and safety of players, team and gameday personnel as our primary consideration.”
The Patriots released an earlier statement declaring that “the player” immediately entered self-quarantine and several additional players, coaches, and staff who have been in close contact with him received tests and they were all negative (teams are not allowed to name which player has contracted the disease, per HIPPA laws).
Chiefs practice squad quarterback Jordan Ta’amu has also tested positive and has been added to the reserve list, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports. Ta’amu and fellow practice squad QB Matt Moore are the defacto third-string QBs for Kansas City behind Patrick Mahomes and Chad Henne.
Tuesday “is more likely” than Monday for the game, Schefter adds. That would allow the NFL a little more time to get everything in order.
Brian Hoyer is expected to start in place of Newton should the game be played this week, Rapoport reports.