Why Patriots Fans Can Rule Out Cam Newton Having False-Positive COVID Test

New tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday

by Dakota Randall

October 4, 2020

If there remains any debate, let it end now: Cam Newton has COVID-19.

The Patriots quarterback tested positive for SARS-Cov-2 on Friday, forcing the NFL to postpone the Week 4 game between New England and the Kansas City Chiefs. Understandably, many fans have wondered whether Newton’s test could be a false-positive. That speculation ramped up Sunday morning when the NFL learned that New Orleans Saints fullback Michael Burton had a false-positive test.

But, as NBC Sports Boston’s Tom E. Curran pointed out Sunday morning, the fact that Newton was placed on the “Reserve/COVID-19” list effectively eliminates the possibility of a false-positive.

From Curran:

The Patriots and Chiefs both reportedly submitted zero additional positive COVID-19 tests Sunday morning. So, barring further changes, the two team’s will play Monday night in Kansas City.

Brian Hoyer reportedly will start at quarterback for the Patriots.

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