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NFL moves Chiefs-Patriots game, creates Monday doubleheader

Patrick Mahomes (C) and the Kansas City Chiefs host the New England Patriots at 7:05 p.m. EDT Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. File Photo by David Tulis/UPI
Patrick Mahomes (C) and the Kansas City Chiefs host the New England Patriots at 7:05 p.m. EDT Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. File Photo by David Tulis/UPI | License Photo

Oct. 4 (UPI) -- The Week 4 matchup between the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs -- planned for Sunday -- will now be part of a Monday doubleheader, the NFL announced Sunday.

The Chiefs are now scheduled to host the Patriots at 7:05 p.m. EDT Monday in Kansas City.

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The game was scheduled for 1 p.m. EDT Sunday in Kansas City, Mo., before it was postponed on Saturday after Patriots starting quarterback Cam Newton and Chiefs practice squad quarterback Jordan Ta'amu each tested positive for COVID-19.

"Further testing of players and personnel on both teams returned no new positives from Saturday and Sunday testing," the NFL said in a news release.

"The clubs also worked closely with the NFL and [players union] and infectious disease experts to conduct contact tracing and post-COVID exposure protocols are now in effect for both teams."

Newton and Ta'amu have been placed on the reserve/COVID list are an ineligible for the Week 4 game. Brian Hoyer is expected to start at quarterback for the Patriots on Monday in place of Newton.

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The Atlanta Falcons were scheduled to face the Green Bay Packers at 8:15 p.m. EDT Monday in Green Bay, Wis. That game has been moved back to 8:50 p.m. EDT on Monday.

The Chiefs and Patriots game will air on CBS. The Falcons and Packers game will air on ESPN.

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Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (R) greets Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson after defeating the Ravens 34-20 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore on Monday. Photo by David Tulis/UPI | License Photo

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