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Patriots’ Bill Belichick speaks out on Cam Newton’s status for Broncos game

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The New England Patriots-Denver Broncos game was moved to next Sunday due to COVID-19 concerns, so it’s possible Bill Belichick’s group could have starting quarterback Cam Newton back in the lineup.

Newton, who tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 3 and missed the Patriots’ game against the Kansas City Chiefs, is said to be asymptomatic.

However, Belichick remained coy with reporters when he was asked if the former MVP will play against the Broncos.

“Whatever the league protocol is, it is,” Belichick said on WEEI on Monday, via Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal. “How’s he doing physically? Any player that would come back to the team off the COVID (list) would have to go through medical clearance. . . . We’ll see how that goes.”

The Patriots are 2-2 on the season. Cam Newton is 2-1 as a starter in his first season with Bill Belichick. He’s thrown for 714 yards and two touchdowns.

Cam has also run for four touchdowns.

For a player who tests positive for COVID-19, but remains asymptomatic, the said player can return 10 days after his first positive test if the team’s head primary care physician determines it’s safe for the player to return to the facility.

The Patriots are praying Newton will be able to play against the Broncos since both Brian Hoyer and Jarrett Stidham struggled against the Chiefs.

If Newton can’t play versus the Broncos, Stidham is expected to start over Hoyer.