FOXBOROUGH, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- A player for the New England Patriots, tested positive for COVID-19, the team reported in a social media post.
The team did not identify the player.
Per EPSN's Adam Schefter, the player diagnosed was quarterback Cam Newton.
Patriots’ QB Cam Newton tested positive and is out for Sunday’s game vs. Kansas City, per @FieldYates and me.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 3, 2020
Schefter tweeted Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs has been postponed, and they are likely to reschedule for Tuesday.
Additional staff and players on the team were tested, and all came back negative, according to the post by the team.
"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 post said.
Statement from the New England Patriots. pic.twitter.com/eSTUukh5vl— New England Patriots (@Patriots) October 3, 2020
Ruben Stantana of Holyoke told Western Mass News worried that Newton’s diagnosis is only the beginning.
"How many more people? Especially since he's the quarterback, he’s touching the ball, he’s in the huddle with them," Stantana noted.
Kevin Spivey and George Quinn of Springfield said that’s not a decision they necessarily agree with.
"I think that they have a knee-jerk response to the fact that it happened before in Tennessee, and I don’t want to become that many people," Spivey said.
"I think they should leave it up to the Patriots if they want to sub a quarterback in, but I think it’s for the Patriots really, and if he’s clean, let them play," Quinn said.
Sunday’s game is slated to be rescheduled for either Monday or Tuesday evening, pending the results of further testing. Sources are saying that Brian Hoyer will start in place of Newton, however, the Patriots have not yet confirmed this.
We will continue to follow this developing story. Check back for updates.