dangolka (CBS) — With this week’s Patriots-Broncos recreation being moved to Monday, it opens the door for a possible Cam Newton return for New England. That gained’t catch the Broncos off guard, as Denver has been getting ready as if Newton could be the Patriots’ beginning QB all through the week.
Newton didn’t play in Week four after testing optimistic for COVID-19 final weekend, however he could possibly be eligible to return in opposition to Denver. Broncos head coach Vic Fangio stated Friday that his crew has been working as if they’ll be going through a Newton-led Patriots offense come Monday night time.
“Yeah, I imply we’ve been below that assumption the entire time that he could be enjoying,” Fangio advised reporters, in keeping with KUSA’s Mike Klis. “After which alter if he’s not. Similar to Kansas Metropolis did final week with the late optimistic take a look at within the week. Similar to Pittsburgh needed to do in opposition to us when Drew [Lock] bought damage within the second sequence of our recreation.
“Yeah, we’re anticipating Newton enjoying however we’ll be prepared if he’s not the quarterback,” added Fangio.
Newton has reportedly been asymptomatic throughout his bout with COVID-19, which makes him eligible to return off the NFL’s reserve/COVID listing 10 days after his preliminary optimistic take a look at. Monday would mark 10 days since Newton examined optimistic final Friday.
The Patriots selected to work remotely all week, however could possibly be again on the follow discipline behind Gillette Stadium on Saturday in the event that they don’t have any extra optimistic exams Friday night time.
If Newton can not play on Monday, the Patriots will reportedly begin second-year quarterback Jarrett Stidham in his place. Veteran Brian Hoyer bought the beginning for the Patriots final weekend in opposition to Kansas Metropolis, with Stidham coming off the bench within the third quarter.