New England Patriots QB Cam Newton Tests Positive for COVID-19

Cam Newton with the Panthers in 2017. Photo by Jacob Kupferman/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

The New England Patriots star quarterback Cam Newton has tested positive for COVID-19 and has been placed on the COVID injured reserve list.

The Patriots were scheduled to play the reigning NFL champion Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night, but the game will be rescheduled to ensure the safety of all players and staff.

According to the Patriots, no one else from the team has tested positive for the coronavirus as of yet. The team has been performing mass testing and all of the players and personnel that were in contact with Newton most recently will continue to receive special attention, even though there have been no new positive cases reported.

Even if the game is effectively rescheduled and played this week, no one really knows how many weeks the Patriots will be without their starting quarterback. It is expected that journeyman veteran Brian Hoyer will be the starting quarterback until Newton is ready to come back.

The only other quarterback that the Patriots have on the roster is rookie Jarrett Stidham, who has been listed as inactive for all three weeks of the season.

Newton, a former league MVP, was signed in the offseason for very little money and has been playing incredibly well, leading the Patriots to a 2-1 start.