New England Patriots

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By Ty Anderson,

The Patriots will be without their starting quarterback for Sunday’s head-to-head with the Kansas City Chiefs, as Cam Newton has been added to the team’s COVID/reserve list, according to multiple reports.

According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the 31-year-old Newton is the only Patriot being added to the list, and there is no spread within the New England locker room thus far. That, as we’ve seen with the Tennessee Titans’ current situation, which has led to the postponement of their upcoming game with the Pittsburgh Steelers, can obviously change.

The Patriots, meanwhile, confirmed a positive test, but did not name Newton directly.

“Late last night, we received notice that a Patriots player tested positive for COVID-19,” the team’s statement read. “The player immediately entered self-quarantine. Several additional players, coaches and staff who have been in close contact with the player received point of care tests this morning and all were negative for COVID-19.

“We are in close consultation with the NFL, as well as our team of independent doctors and specialists, and will follow their guidance regarding our scheduled trip to Kansas City and game against the Chiefs. The health and safety of our team, as well as our opponent, are of highest priority.”

The Patriots were scheduled to leave for Kansas City at 1 p.m., but their departure is now on standby as the team awaits the results of additional tests, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

With Newton ruled out, and should this game go on as scheduled, the Patriots will start either Brian Hoyer or Jarrett Stidham.

Newton has totaled 714 passing yards, 149 rushing yards, and six total touchdowns through his first three games with the Patriots.

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