FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Little has been supreme for the New England Patriots in latest weeks, however right here is one silver lining from having an surprising bye in Week 5: It improves odds that quarterback Cam Newton would possibly return for Sunday’s sport in opposition to the Denver Broncos (1 p.m. ET, CBS).
Time is on the Patriots’ aspect, not like final week.
Had the Patriots hosted the Broncos on Monday, it is potential Newton, who was positioned on the reserve/COVID-19 checklist on Oct. 3, may need been beneath heart. However on the time the NFL postponed the sport, Newton’s presence was removed from a certainty, which is why the membership was getting ready for backups Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer to be prepared.
Here’s what is understood about Newton:
Newton’s father, Cecil, advised ABC 11 in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, over the weekend, “[Cam] had not one of the signs” after testing optimistic for COVID-19 on Oct. 2. “Him being asymptomatic, he is sort of working his method via it,” he stated.
Newton, 31, is testing day by day and continues to participate within the Patriots’ digital conferences.
He wasn’t cleared to observe on Saturday, the staff’s most up-to-date on-field exercise.
Any participant who does not present signs can’t return until and till:
Ten days have handed since his preliminary optimistic check (that is excellent news for Newton as a result of he first examined optimistic Oct. 2).
Or he has two consecutive adverse polymerase chain response (PCR) virus assessments separated by 24 hours.
And membership physicians, after session with the NFL chief medical officer, clear him.
There’s one caveat, nevertheless, that might assist Newton return even when he continues to check optimistic: Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, whose pointers the NFL observe, these deemed to not be severely immunocompromised, and asymptomatic all through, could return to work when at the least 10 days has handed for the reason that date of their first optimistic viral diagnostic check.
“I believe what you’re going to search out is that if an individual has the COVID virus, they will proceed to check optimistic for a major time frame. It may very well be, I do not know, 30, 60 days,” Patriots coach Invoice Belichick stated on sports activities radio WEEI. “I am not a physician right here. It relies on how shortly [the body] sheds the virus, however not at a contagious state. In order that’s actually what it is about.”
Due to the a number of variables, Belichick has careworn he takes a “day-to-day” and “hour-to-hour” strategy with all the things surrounding the staff, which incorporates others who’re on the reserve/COVID-19 checklist, equivalent to cornerback Stephon Gilmore.
Atlanta Falcons cornerback A.J. Terrell and his state of affairs are comparable, which supplies context for Newton’s standing. Terrell was positioned on the reserve/COVID-19 checklist on Sept. 26 after testing optimistic. He was activated from the checklist final Thursday, Oct. 8.
If Newton follows an analogous timeline, lacking 13 days, he can be activated on Thursday, Oct. 15. That’s the second day the Patriots are scheduled to observe this week.
Having ready for the potential of being with out Newton in opposition to the Broncos in a Week 5 matchup, Belichick did not tip his hand relating to whether or not he would have began Hoyer or Stidham. Hoyer made a number of expensive errors in a Week 4 loss at Kansas City, and was pulled for Stidham late within the third quarter.
Due to that, it appeared extra possible Stidham would have been the selection. Belichick stated the 2019 fourth-round draft choose has improved at “all the things” this season, with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels including, “He has an understanding of the protection that he didn’t have final yr when he first obtained right here, how one can deal with the protections, understanding the place his points could also be.”
However the best-case state of affairs for the Patriots (2-2) is Newton is again beneath heart on Sunday in opposition to the Broncos (1-3).
Now time is of their favor.