The New England Patriots will face the Kansas City Chiefs at 7:05 ET on Monday night, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported, after their matchup was postponed due to positive COVID-19 tests from both teams.
The rescheduling creates a rare NFL double bill on Monday. The Patriots-Chiefs game, which will be broadcast by CBS, will precede the "Monday Night Football" contest between the Atlanta Falcons and Green Bay Packers. ESPN's broadcast of Falcons-Packers has been moved to 8:50 p.m. ET, Schefter reported.
On Saturday, the Patriots placed quarterback Cam Newton on the COVID-19 reserve list after he tested positive, a person familiar with the result told USA TODAY Sports' Mike Jones. The person spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the situation. Chiefs practice-squad quarterback Jordan Ta'amu was also placed on the COVID-19 list after testing positive, per multiple reports.
Sunday's point-of-care tests for both the Patriots and Chiefs have come back negative, NFL Network reported.
Newton will not be active for the game as he goes through the NFL's protocol before becoming eligible to be removed from the COVID-19 reserve list. In his absence, the Patriots will have to turn either to Brian Hoyer or Jarrett Stidham at quarterback.
New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton (1) reacts during the first half against the Las Vegas Raiders at Gillette Stadium. (Photo: Paul Rutherford, USA TODAY Sports)
The game was the second of the NFL season to be rescheduled after the Tennessee Titans' matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers originally set for Sunday was moved to Week 7. Since Tuesday, the Titans have had nine players and nine team staffers test positive for COVID-19, according to multiple reports.
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