dangolka (CBS) — Cam Newton was again on the sector for the Patriots on Sunday, simply over two weeks after testing optimistic for COVID-19. He didn’t need to chat about having the virus Sunday afternoon after the Patriots fell to the Broncos, 18-12, however opened up a bit extra throughout his Monday morning radio interview on WEEI.
Newton instructed The Greg Hill Present that he nonetheless doesn’t understand how he received the virus, however stated that it actually threw a wrench in his and New England’s season. The 31-year-old’s optimistic take a look at got here out simply at some point forward of the Patriots’ battle with the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs, prompting the NFL to push that sport again by a day.
What adopted was, Newton stated, the strangest two weeks of his profession.
“Right here I’m, I get ready for one thing, after which I discover out the day earlier than the sport that I’m not going to go,” Newton recalled. “I used to be pondering as optimistic as may very well be, that it was a false optimistic. Then it ended up being true.
“You undergo it, video games get rescheduled and also you simply sit and marvel,” he continued. “You may’t do something. You may’t work out. And clearly, me being who I’m, it’s not like you could possibly simply take this time to go trip someplace. So, by all of it, it has been bizarre. It has been an adjustment to your routine. However individuals don’t take note of all of that stuff. They simply need manufacturing, and so do I.”
Newton didn’t have any signs all through his bout with the virus, nevertheless it actually led to extra complications for the Patriots. Just a few days after the crew traveled to Kansas Metropolis for his or her Week four sport, cornerback Stephon Gilmore examined optimistic for COVID.
Previous to his prognosis, nobody was at New England’s facility greater than Newton. His optimistic take a look at, and the optimistic assessments by his teammates that adopted, compelled the Patriots to close down their services and so they had only one actual apply within the two weeks between their loss to Kansas Metropolis and Sunday’s re-scheduled sport in opposition to the Broncos.
“I feel the most important scare right here for everyone was simply my, I assume, day by day routine of what number of hours I put within the facility,” Newton stated Monday. “And if I contracted it, if anyone would have had a pink flag, I feel it will have been me. Right here’s an individual who’s right here so long as he’s. Who was he round? Who did he contact? And I used to be extra involved about it, as a result of I didn’t need to put no person else on the crew in jeopardy for this.
“The truth that Steph contracted it was my worst nightmare, being that I might by no means need to sabotage something to the slightest diploma, as a result of I do know what we now have the potential of turning into. And but, by all of it, we noticed it and received a greater understanding of it,” he added.
Newton and Gilmore reportedly had dinner collectively the night time earlier than Newton’s optimistic take a look at was revealed. The quarterback wouldn’t affirm or deny that report by ESPN on Monday, however he isn’t shocked on the consideration that the story garnered.
However he’s accomplished speaking about what occurred just a few weeks in the past, and is now setting his sights on serving to the Patriots get again on monitor this weekend with a win over the visiting San Francisco 49ers.
“All of my consideration transferring ahead is on to San Francisco; making the correct changes from yesterday and transferring ahead. Me and Stephon dwelling on issues which are previously, at this level it’s irrelevant,” he stated. “There isn’t a level on me preserve harping on one thing. I’m handed that part, this crew is handed that part, and our hearts are on how we are able to get to 3-Three fairly than one thing we already overcame.”