Positive COVID Tests Bring Changes to NFL Week 4

Patriots/Chiefs game postponed to Monday night on CBS44.

Posted: Oct 3, 2020 2:38 PM
Updated: Oct 4, 2020 6:48 PM

Players for both the New England Patriots and the Kansas City Chiefs have tested positive for COVID-19.

CBS Sports NFL insider Jason La Canfora confirms that New England QB Cam Newton will be heading to the COVID-19 reserve list. The Patriots have reportedly been conducting mass testing and re-testing, and there has been no spread so far.

After a report emerged that Chiefs practice squad quarterback Jordan Ta'amu also tested positive for COVID-19, the NFL announced that the Patriots-Chiefs game would not be played Sunday.

As CBS Sports NFL Insider Jonathan Jones notes, if a player tests positive and shows not symptoms, he cannot return unless and until 10 days have passed since the initial positive test or five days have passed since the initial positive test and two consecutive negative PCR virus tests are registered separated by 24 hours. Additionally, the return has to be approved by the club physician, after consultation with ICS and the NFL's chief medical officer. Finally, local regulations and requirements must be satisfied before the player can return.

The Pats/Chiefs postponement is causing some other changes to the Week 4 schedule. The Indianapolis Colts/Chicago Bears game originally scheduled for a noon kickoff on CBS44 WEVV will now start at 3:25pm. The noon game on CBS44 will be Chargers/Buccaneers.

There is no change to the FOX44 schedule with Browns and Cowboys still on for a noon kickoff.

The Patriots/Chiefs game will be played Monday night. See full game coverage starting at 6pm on CBS44.

(CBS Sports)

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