The NFL’s coronavirus challenges only increased this weekend.The virus had already postponed one NFL game — Pittsburgh Steelers vs Tennessee Titans — to later this season, but also pushed the New England Patriots-Kansas City Chiefs game from Sunday afternoon to Monday night.
New England quarterback Cam Newton and a Chiefs practice squad player tested positive, pushing the NFL’s problems beyond one set of teams. The NFL, which has doled out more than 400,000 tests this season, has altered its protocols in hopes of better managing outbreaks.
The virus appears to be confined enough within the New England and Kansas City organizations the game will be played — but tonight. CBS will host the makeshift Monday Night Football game, with Tony Romo and Jim Nantz on the call.
COVID-19’s Sports Interference:
- 20 Tennessee Titans players and staff tested positive this past week, causing its game with the Pittsburgh Steelers to be postponed to later in the season and rearranging bye weeks.
- At least 39 Notre Dame football players have spent time in isolation or quarantine, postponing practices since Sept. 22.
- 43 MLB games were postponed, affecting 16 teams. The league is using a bubble system for most of its playoffs.