Update: 10/3/2020: Patriots-Chiefs moved to Monday, 7:05pm after no new Covid-19 infections found on Sunday morning
The NFL has officially moved the New England Patriots’ contest against the Kansas City Chiefs to Monday night:
The NFL announced today that the Week 4 New England Patriots-Kansas City Chiefs game — originally scheduled for today — will be played on Monday, October 5 at 7:05 p.m. ET on CBS.
Further testing of players and personnel on both teams returned no new positives from Saturday and Sunday testing. The clubs also worked closely with the NFL and NFLPA and infectious disease experts to conduct contact tracing and post-COVID exposure protocols are now in effect for both teams.
The Atlanta Falcons-Green Bay Packers game will shift to an 8:50 p.m. ET start on Monday on ESPN.
Update: 10/3/2020: Patriots to play Chiefs on Monday, 7:05pm after no new Covid-19 infections found on Sunday morning
The New England Patriots’ game against the Kansas City Chiefs will be moved to Monday night, according to numerous reports in the aftermath of a team meeting on Sunday morning. After no new Covid-19 cases were found through the latest round of testing, the game is scheduled to be played at Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium at 7:05 pm ET. The Patriots will fly west on Monday morning.
Original story 10/3/2020: Patriots expected to play Chiefs on Monday night after no new Covid-19 infections on Sunday
After a chaotic Saturday, the New England Patriots received some positive news on Sunday: all of the team’s Covid-19 tests administered earlier during the day came back negative, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. This makes Sunday the second straight day that no new infections were found within the organization after quarterback Cam Newton became the first Patriot to test positive for the novel Coronavirus late on Friday night.
Newton’s test result and another positive test on the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday — practice squad quarterback Jordan Ta’amu — forced the NFL to postpone the game between the two clubs to either Monday or Tuesday. The Patriots have told their players in a team meeting on late Saturday to prepare as if the contest would take place on Monday, but additional testing will eventually determine if this is a realistic target date after all.
However, Sunday’s test results are an encouraging development. If the Chiefs’ tests results also come back negative later today, the league could give the game on Monday the green light. No definitive decisions have been announced, though.
How the logistics of that game would look like also remains to be seen. Teams are not allowed to travel on the same day as a game per NFL rules, after all, meaning that the protocols would have to be altered for the contest to take place on Monday if that is indeed the Patriots’ travel day. New England, meanwhile, was holding a team meeting on Sunday morning to discuss recent developments with its players.
According to ESPN’s Dianna Russini, the team again told its players that the plan is to play the Chiefs on Monday.
Both teams involved in the game, and the league as a whole, will still try to play the situation as safely as possible considering how the Coronavirus continues to spread within the Tennessee Titans organization: two more people tested positive on Sunday to bring the total number of infections up to 20 since the first positive case on September 24 — three day before a road game against the Minnesota Vikings.
That is not to say that a similar situation will occur in New England if the team travels to Kansas City on Monday, but the situation still remains in flux even with back-to-back days worth of negative tests.