So much for the highly anticipated showdown between Kansas City Chiefs MVP Patrick Mahomes and New England Patriots’ MVP Cam Newton. It was going to be a battle of two football pioneers, with each player making historical contributions to advancing the prestige and reputation of Black quarterbacks.
It was reported on Saturday morning that the Pats starting quarterback has tested positive for coronavirus just a few days after President Trump and wife Melania announced that they had the virus as well, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Schefter reported the news Saturday morning. He said the Patriots have been doing “mass testing and re-testing” and say there is no further spread of the virus on the team. He’s been placed on the COVID-19/reserve list.
Newton will not play in the team’s game Sunday vs. the Super Bowl champion Chiefs, Schefter said. The team released a statement saying they will follow the NFL’s guidance regarding the trip to Kansas City.
“The health and safety of our team, as well as our opponent, are of highest priority,” the organization said.
The Patriots backup quarterbacks are immobile journeyman Brian Hoyer and untested Jarrett Stidham.