Sep 27, 2020; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton (1) throws a pass to warm up between plays during the first half against the Las Vegas Raiders at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

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Report: Pats QB Newton out after positive COVID test

New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs, ESPN reported.

The Patriots released a statement Saturday morning announcing a positive test, but did not name Newton.

“Late last night, we received notice that a Patriots players tested positive for COVID-19. The player immediately entered self-quarantine. Several additional players, coaches and staff who have been in close contact with the player received point of care tests this morning and all were negative for COVID-19,” the statement begins.

“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. The health and safety of our team, as well as our opponent, are of highest priority.”

It’s the first positive COVID-19 test for the Patriots this season.

Veteran Brian Hoyer is Newton’s backup, with Jarrett Stidham, the Patriots’ fourth-round pick in 2019, serving as the third-string quarterback.

New England (2-1) will surely miss Newton on the field, as he’s racked up 714 yards passing, 149 rushing and six total touchdowns over the first three games with the Patriots.

Newton, the No. 1 overall pick by the Carolina Panthers in 2011, signed with the Patriots as a free agent in July. Now, 31, he was the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 2015.

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