dangolka (CBS) — Now that New England’s Week 5 sport with the Denver Broncos has been pushed again a day to Monday, many are questioning if there’s an opportunity that quarterback Cam Newton could possibly be cleared to play for the Patriots.
Sure, there’s a likelihood. The sport shifting to Monday does assist Newton and the Patriots, however it’s a bit difficult, accurately for a participant who lately examined optimistic for COVID-19.
Newton examined optimistic on Oct. 2, and the Patriots at the moment are enjoying the Broncos 10 days afterward Oct. 12. That does certainly open the door for a doable Newton return.
Newton has reportedly been asymptomatic since testing optimistic, which is sweet information for him and the Patriots. Listed here are the NFL’s pointers for an asymptomatic participant returning:
- 10 days have handed because the preliminary optimistic check OR
- 5 days have handed because the preliminary optimistic check and the participant receives two consecutive detrimental PCR virus assessments at the least 24 hours aside
Finally, a participant should even be cleared by a workforce doctor after session with medical consultants in an effort to return. That’s the ultimate hurdle for a return to motion for anybody.
Sadly, we haven’t obtained any phrase on whether or not Newton has obtained any detrimental assessments since his optimistic check final week. However, even when Newton had optimistic assessments this week, so long as he remained asymptomatic all through he might nonetheless return on Monday since 10 days have handed since his preliminary optimistic check.
So, sure, we’re telling you there’s an opportunity that Newton fits up towards the Broncos on Monday night time.
However even when he’s cleared, the workforce should decide in the event that they wish to play Newton in a sport after an almost two-week break from motion. It’s doable that if Newton passes two assessments by Saturday, he might take the sphere for the workforce’s solely follow of the week. A return to follow will surely enhance his probabilities at returning to game-action on Monday. It’s nonetheless no assure, however even a rusty Newton could also be a greater choice for the Patriots and rolling with Brian Hoyer or Jarrett Stidham.
The Patriots, fortunately, will go on their bye week after Monday’s sport, which might give Newton and cornerback Stephon Gilmore (who examined optimistic in Tuesday night time’s spherical of testing) extra time to get better, and the workforce a greater likelihood to get their COVID scenario beneath management.