Just about 29 hours before the Patriots were scheduled to kick off their Week 4 showdown against the Chiefs -- and only a couple of hours before the team was scheduled to depart from Foxboro, news broke that delayed the trip -- and the game.
The reason? According to multiple reports, Cam Newton has tested positive for COVID-19 and is out for the game.
Now the Patriots are on standby. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Patriots were scheduled to leave for Kansas City around 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon, but the team is now awaiting more test results and guidance from the NFL before moving forward.
While the NFL hasn't announced a new kickoff time yet, they have pushed the game back by at least a day, with Tuesday night appearing the more likely choice, according to multiple reports.
Patriots players are left in limbo, at least for the time being. But we're getting our first reaction to the news courtesy of ESPN's Dianna Russini, who was texting with a couple of Newton's teammates.
“How can we play this game?" one player asked, while another told Russini, “I had it already so I am good but only a few of us have had it.”
The good news, at least so far? There have been no additional positive tests, according to multiple reports. However, as the NFL has seen earlier this week in Tennessee, sometimes those results take a few days, meaning the status of the game itself is in limbo.
So for now, Patriots fans -- much like the team and the rest of the league -- are waiting for further word from the NFL.