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Quick-hit thoughts/notes around the New England Patriots and NFL:
Newton is the team’s only positive test, but that doesn’t mean things can’t change quickly. Every player, coach and staff member who had been in close contact with Newton received a point-of-care test Saturday morning that came back negative. But because of the incubation period of the virus, it’s still possible that tests for those players, coaches and staff members could later return positive. So daily testing continues, and those results will add important context as to whether this is a one-player situation, or a potential outbreak.
Because of that uncertainty, the next 24 to 48 hours will determine whether this week’s game against the Chiefs is played at all. Both teams’ facilities are reportedly closed through Sunday.
There’s a human side of this to consider as well. In communicating with some around the team, there is naturally some concern about possibly traveling to Kansas City, and what players could potentially bring back into