New England Patriots

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 08: A detail of the official National Football League NFL logo is seen painted on the turf as the New York Giants host the Atlanta Falcons during their NFC Wild Card Playoff game at MetLife Stadium on January 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

By Alex Barth,

The Patriots and Chiefs will not play Sunday after Cam Newton tested positive for COVID-19. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the league is now expecting to play the game Monday or Tuesday.

A similar approach was taken to this week’s scheduled Titans-Steelers game, which was ultimately moved to another week. Tennessee is in the midst of the league’s worst outbreak, with eight players and multiple staff members testing positive as of Saturday. The league is likely looking to avoid a similar incident in New England.

If the league does need to reschedule to another week, it would be difficult. The Patriots bye is Week 6, when the Chiefs are scheduled to play the Bills on Thursday Night Football. Kansas City is off Week 10, when the Patriots are set to play the Ravens on Sunday Night.

The fact that Buffalo is involved complicated things further. They are scheduled to play the Titans next week – a game that already is in doubt.

This is a developing story, stay with for updates throughout the day.

Alex Barth is a writer and digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Looking for a podcast guest? Let him know on Twitter @RealAlexBarth or via email at