A highly anticipated showdown between the Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots was postponed this weekend. The move came on the heels of New England starting quarterback Cam Newton and Kansas City practice squad quarterback Jordan Ta’amu being added to the NFL’s COVID-19 reserve list on Saturday afternoon.
Fan reaction to the news was about what you would expect.
— Tii Hafe🌻 (@tiihafe) October 3, 2020
Praying for his safety along with the rest of the team, coaches, trainers, and the Kraft organization. Please do not play tomorrow. Please stay safe.
— Roberta wears a mask and votes you should too (@AceandJasper) October 3, 2020
Please start jarett stidham bill
— Brett (@BrettIsNotATree) October 3, 2020
Waking up Sunday to watch us play the chiefs pic.twitter.com/O3ozaa6WEJ
— DPOY Marcus Smart (@MahkusSmaht) October 3, 2020
And *poof*, just like that, the @Patriots season ended.
— Chris Sviklas (@teeweena) October 3, 2020
This team is a joke
— Social Media Legend (@GPN12345) October 3, 2020
As impressive as Cam Newton has been, this has always been the concern. Can he stay healthy. During his 20 seasons with the New England Patriots, Tom Brady never once tested positive for COVID-19.
— Brad Whitaker (@thebradwhitaker) October 3, 2020
GG, the NFL gotta be over now. Theres out breaks of covid in the NFL now and Cam Newton even has it. I pray for the all the people who decided to play and their families that they either dont have or if received can recover from Covid 19.
— TopazFox (@TopazFox18) October 3, 2020
Drop this team from the league this season. Them and the titans, nobody takes a shit for this two shit teams. They wont make the playoffs anyway. Just a waste of space in the league.
— Cesar (@CesarMtzOficial) October 3, 2020
What happens when there is no bubble
— Trending (@TrendingFB) October 3, 2020
Live look at the doctor who ran Cam Newton’s COVID test pic.twitter.com/RWteqmfIB9
— Chase Pletcher (@ChasePletcher4) October 3, 2020
Out of all the players how does Cam Newton get Covid? Shit is wild man.
— THE FANTASY WOLFE (@TheWolfeKnows) October 3, 2020
When I found out Cam Newton tested positive for Covid… pic.twitter.com/RLfuIReQDX
— Emmanuel Acho (@EmmanuelAcho) October 3, 2020
The NFL, meanwhile, took a more measured approach.
“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,” the league said in a statement.
“All decisions will be made with the health and safety of players, team and game day personnel as our primary consideration.”
Why do bad things happen to good people. https://t.co/NRSKvX1j7f
— Game 7 (@game7__) October 3, 2020
The Patriots subsequently released a statement that struck a similar tone.
“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,” it read. “The health and safety of our team, as well as of our opponent, are of highest priority.”
Assuming no other outbreaks occur, Week 4’s Patriots versus Chiefs showdown will take place on either Monday or Tuesday.