The NFL has postponed a second of its originally scheduled Week 4 games due to positive COVID-19 tests among players, though still plans to hold the New England Patriots-Kansas City Chiefs contest in the coming days.
With a player from each team testing positive – Patriots quarterback Cam Newton and Chiefs practice squad quarterback Jordan Ta'amu, according to multiple reports – New England and Kansas City will not meet Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium at 4:25 p.m. ET as originally scheduled. The league wants to stage the matchup Monday or Tuesday night.
“In consultation with infectious disease experts, both clubs are working closely with the NFL and the NFLPA to evaluate multiple close contacts, perform additional testing and monitor developments,” read a statement distributed by the NFL on Saturday. “All decisions will be made with the health and safety of players, team and gameday personnel as our primary consideration.”
If conditions do allow for kickoff on Monday or Tuesday, the Chiefs will be thrust into the position of playing three times in a tight window of time. They are scheduled to host the Las Vegas Raiders on Oct. 11, a Sunday, and would then play their Week 6 game at Buffalo against the Bills the following Thursday, Oct. 15.
With the Patriots and Chiefs exiting Sunday's 4:25 p.m. broadcast window, the NFL has shifted the Indianapolis Colts and Chicago Bears – they were supposed to play at 1 p.m. ET – into that time slot.
The league previously moved the Pittsburgh Steelers-Tennessee Titans game, also initially scheduled for Sunday, to Week 7 as a COVID-19 outbreak among Titans players continues to grow. The NFL had hoped to delay that game back just a few days, but the growing number of infections in Tennessee necessitated a move to later in the month.
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