dangolka (CBS) — There have been plenty of questions surrounding Cam Newton’s availability within the close to future, even when he continues to check optimistic for COVID-19.
However Patriots head coach Invoice Belichick defined Monday that simply because a participant retains testing optimistic doesn’t imply he gained’t have the ability to play. The league is definitely anticipating gamers who’ve examined optimistic for the virus to proceed to check optimistic for the foreseeable future.
Newton, who first examined optimistic 10 days in the past, may very well be cleared to play for this weekend’s rescheduled sport in opposition to the Denver Broncos. Newton has reportedly been asymptomatic all through his bout with the virus, which makes it a bit simpler for the quarterback to return to motion. NFL tips say asymptomatic gamers might be cleared after producing two adverse checks 24 hours aside, or 10 days following their preliminary optimistic take a look at, so long as they’re cleared by workforce and NFL docs.
However the NFL can also be anticipating gamers to check optimistic properly after they’re cleared to play, which makes the scenario a slightly difficult one. And as Belichick advised WEEI throughout his weekly interview, that matter is finest left for docs and never a soccer coach.
Requested if Patriots gamers would really feel comfy with having a participant who examined optimistic return earlier than delivering a adverse take a look at, Belichick went into a bit extra element about testing.
“What you’re going to search out is that if an individual has the COVID virus, that they’re going to proceed to check optimistic for a big time period — 30-60 days, relying on how a lot the physique and the way shortly it sheds the virus, however not at a contagious state. For those who’re simply taking a look at testing for somebody who examined optimistic, you’re going to see that for a very long time. Many groups have seen that, with guys who had it within the spring or summer time continued to check optimistic in coaching camp. However that was 60-90 days from the primary optimistic take a look at. There’s a sure time period the place they count on these checks to be optimistic,” Belichick advised WEEI.
“This can be a medical dialogue, not a soccer dialogue. It’s not one thing I’m qualitied to speak about,” he added. “It’s a scenario we depend on our medical workers, docs and trainers, in session with the league medical workforce. That’s what that is about. You possibly can’t count on a soccer coach to handle a hospital or make medical selections. There isn’t any workforce within the league doing it that approach.”
There have been stories that Patriots gamers had been shedding belief within the NFL and NFLPA to maintain them protected throughout the season, and Jason McCourty actually emphasised that stance together with his feedback on Saturday. Belichick wouldn’t communicate for his gamers, however stated that these concerned try to maintain everybody as protected as potential.
“Everyone needs the identical factor; they need to have the ability to play and to do it security, to handle a few of the issues and issues which have come up. That’s the way in which it has at all times been and there hasn’t been any change in that. Everyone seems to be doing the most effective they will and we’re attempting to make selections for the well being and security of everybody,” he stated. “Gamers are an important a part of the sport, however we’re attempting to look out for everyone.
“The issues aren’t simple however there are plenty of good individuals concerned and doing their finest attempting to deal with the soccer and medical facet of it,” he added.
The Patriots presently have 4 gamers on the NFL’s restricted/COVID listing. The NFL had already pushed Sunday’s sport in opposition to the Broncos to Monday night time, however it was postponed for a second time Sunday when Byron Cowart’s COVID take a look at got here again optimistic.
The Patriots won’t start working towards once more till Wednesday.