Cam sidelined over protocol ‘misunderstanding’


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton will stay away from the group till Thursday resulting from a “misunderstanding” on COVID-19 assessments “carried out away from NFL services,” the membership introduced.

Newton’s absence comes after he traveled to a Patriots-approved medical appointment that required him to go away the New England area, based on the group’s assertion.

“He acquired every day Covid assessments, which have been all adverse. On account of a misunderstanding about assessments carried out away from NFL services, and as required by the NFL-NFLPA protocols, Cam might be topic to the five-day entry cadence course of earlier than returning to the ability,” the assertion learn.

Based on NFL-NFLPA protocols, Tier 1 and Tier 2 people — together with all gamers — are exempt from every day testing and allowed to journey if they’ve acquired the COVID-19 vaccine.

Newton will proceed collaborating just about in group actions, however will miss practices Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The Wednesday apply is the primary of two with the New York Giants in Foxborough, Mass.

In Newton’s absence, first-round choose Mac Jones bumps up the depth chart, adopted by veteran Brian Hoyer.

Coach Invoice Belichick mentioned earlier Monday that Newton is the beginning quarterback, however like gamers at any place, he nonetheless has to re-establish that standing all through the preseason. Belichick mentioned, at any place, there may very well be a change if somebody performs higher than the starter or the starter is not accessible.

Newton has taken No. 1 reps all through coaching camp till Monday. He began each preseason video games and is 12-of-16 passing for 152 yards, with one landing and no interceptions. He has performed a complete of 29 snaps.

Jones has been the No. 2 quarterback till Monday, coming in behind Newton at apply and within the first two preseason video games. He’s 26-of-38 passing for 233 yards, with no touchdowns and interceptions, over two preseason video games. He has performed 77 snaps.

Earlier in coaching camp, when Newton was requested if he was vaccinated he declined remark, saying it was a private matter.

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