The New England Patriots could get Cam Newton back under center for this weekend’s game against the Denver Broncos.
Field Yates of ESPN reported Newton is expected to rejoin the team when the Patriots return to practice on Thursday.
When the Patriots return to practice on Thursday, QB Cam Newton is expected to rejoin the team, per source. That would put Newton on track to start Sunday vs. the Broncos.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) October 14, 2020
Newton’s Patriots career had gotten off to a solid start through the first three weeks of the season, at least until he tested positive prior to a Week 4 showdown with the Kansas City Chiefs.
The former MVP tested positive the Saturday before the Chiefs game, prompting the NFL to move the contest to that Tuesday.
Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore subsequently tested positive following New England’s loss to the Chiefs, and additional positives resulted in the Patriots’ matchup with the Broncos being pushed to Week 6.
However, it appears Newton has recovered, and the Pats are hoping things go according to plan this week.
New England took a flier on Newton by signing him to a one-year deal this offseason, and the former Carolina Panthers star looked every bit like his old self at the start of the year.
Newton rushed for two scores in each of the team’s first two games, and he also shredded the Seattle Seahawks for nearly 400 yards passing. The 31-year-old looked a bit shaky in a Week 3 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders, but New England’s defense carried the majority of the load.
The Patriots struggled to move the ball through the air against the Chiefs without Newton under center. Brian Hoyer threw an interception and took a pair of consequential sacks, and Jarrett Stidham could not provide the heroics when pressed into late action.
New England will hope Cam can help right the ship if he is indeed cleared to play against the Broncos.