dangolka (CBS) — With New England’s Week 5 conflict with the Denver Broncos pushed again every week following one other constructive COVID-19 check for the Patriots, it will increase the probabilities that quarterback Cam Newton will have the ability to play within the sport.
Newton, who examined constructive for COVID-19 again on Oct. 2, has reportedly been asymptomatic all through his bout with the virus. Per NFL guidelines, those that examined constructive however have been asymptomatic can return 10 days after their preliminary constructive check, or after producing two destructive exams 24 hours aside.
Patriots head coach Invoice Belichick defined Monday why these two destructive exams could also be powerful to realize, however in Newton’s case, it has now been 11 days since his first constructive check. So even when he continues to check constructive, he’ll simply must obtain clearance from crew and NFL docs as a way to return.
The identical goes for cornerback Stephon Gilmore, who examined constructive one week in the past. He too has been asymptomatic over the past seven days, and posted Monday on his Instagram account that he was “able to be again in motion.” He too could possibly be cleared earlier than Sunday’s sport towards the Broncos.
However relating to when two of his star gamers could possibly be cleared to return, Belichick isn’t positive when that can occur. He has continuously reminded us that he’s no physician since Newton’s constructive check, and he as soon as once more took that method Tuesday when addressing the media over a video convention.
“I’m not positive what precisely the schedule is by way of when these guys will do the issues they should do,” stated Belichick. “A few of that must be scheduled exterior of the constructing so I’ll go away that to the medical division.”
The Patriots have Tuesday off however will return to the observe discipline on Wednesday — barring any extra constructive exams. However we might see Newton again on the sphere as early as Wednesday, with Gilmore probably following a couple of days later.