The highly anticipated game between the New England Patriots and the Kansas City Chiefs, originally set for 4:30pm on Sunday, has been pushed to Monday or Tuesday after Cam Newton, the New England Patriots’ quarterback, and Chief’s practice squad quarterback, Jordan Ta’amu, tested positive for COVID-19.
“In consultation with infectious disease experts, both clubs are working closely with the N.F.L. and the N.F.L.P.A. to evaluate multiple close contacts, perform additional testing and monitor developments,” the NFL said in a statement.
The question many are asking is should the NFL have attempted a similar solution to what the NBA put in place with their “bubble” in order to reduce the risk of potential infection amongst players.
The NFL’s strategy for the season relies heavily on players, coaches and other staff adjusting their own personal behavior in order to protect themselves, their teams, and those they are frequently in close contact with.
The NFL has reportedly tightened guidelines and testing procedures. It is possible that the Patriots-Chiefs game could be pushed back even further if more players test positive for COVID-19.