Chiefs news for 4 October 2020
The NFL’s luck hasn’t necessarily run out with a week of high-profile cases. Rather, reality set in. It is going to be a tough slog to get through the season, and league officials have known that since they decided to have a season at all. Teams will probably be annoyed by the juggling, which the Steelers certainly were when their game against the Titans was pushed back and ultimately postponed. Others will be put at a disadvantage, like the Patriots, who now face the rest of the season not knowing when Newton will be allowed to play and how he’ll feel even after he has recovered. Owners were warned months ago that competitive inequities would have to be accepted.
NFL Statement on New England-Kansas City Game | Chiefs.com
The New England-Kansas City game scheduled for 3:25 pm CT Sunday will be rescheduled to Monday or Tuesday after positive COVID-19 tests on both teams. 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. All decisions will be made with the health and safety of players, team and gameday personnel as our primary consideration.
Kansas City Chiefs practice squad quarterback Jordan Ta’amu has tested positive for COVID-19 and is being placed on the reserve/COVID list, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo report, per sources. The news comes shortly after it was learned that Patriots QB Cam Newton also tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. The positive tests from both teams has resulted in Week 4’s game between the Chiefs and Patriots to be postponed for either Monday or Tuesday.
Hoyer will be starting for the Pats because the team’s typical starting quarterback Cam Newton tested positive for COVID-19. As he sits out in quarantine, the Patriots will have to turn to Hoyer and/or Jarrett Stidham to run the show against the defending champs. Now nearly 35 years old, Hoyer is entering his 12th season in the league. In that span, he’s started 38 games and has a career record of 16-22. He’s completed 59.1 percent of passing attempts in his career and has thrown for 52 touchdowns and 34 interceptions.
Tyrann Mathieu opted to share an important reminder of the most critical protocols to follow that can keep everyone safe during the pandemic. “Wear your mask, wash your hands.” Armani Watts’ one-word reaction is really how most people are feeling after the news this morning. “Ugh.” Juan Thornhill feels like he’s witnessing something straight out of a movie, perhaps a horror film and not because it’s the month of October. “an what’s going on in this world. This is some stuff you’ll see in a movie.”
Obviously, the concern for the Chiefs would then become players having adequate time between games to rehab and recover. It’s tough as it is playing two games on a short week, but three games in such a short span could be dangerous. The only thing that might help in this scenario would be that the first two games take place at Arrowhead Stadium, so the team won’t have to waste any time on travel.
It doesn’t seem likely that the NFL would reschedule any of the other games even in light of this news. If they see it as a problem, it’s possible they could push the Week 6 game against the Bills to Sunday. The determining factor in all of this, however, is whether Kansas City or New England has additional positive tests in the next two or three days.
The Patriots may have dodged a bullet after quarterback Cam Newton tested positive for COVID-19. Every Patriots player was tested today after Newton’s test from Friday came back positive, and every player tested negative, according to multiple reports. That doesn’t necessarily mean the Patriots are out of the woods: It can take up to several days for an infected person to test positive, so it’s still possible that a teammate did contract the virus from Newton and just hasn’t tested positive yet. Still, zero positive tests is good news. The Patriots may still be able to fly to Kansas City on Sunday and play against the Chiefs as soon as Monday.