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NFL Rumors: Latest On Status Of Postponed Patriots-Chiefs Week 4 Game - NESN
Here's the latest on the Week 4 New England Patriots-Kansas City Chiefs game, which was postponed after Cam Newton's positive COVID-19 test.
At this point, the Chiefs and Patriots are trending toward playing Monday night. Obviously, much can change between now and then. Patriots quarterback Cam Newton on Friday night tested positive for COVID-19, forcing the NFL to postpone the scheduled Sunday afternoon clash between New England and Kansas City. Jordan Ta’amu, a practice squad quarterback for the Chiefs, also tested positive. Multiple reports Saturday night indicated all additional tests conducted by both teams came back negative, and that Patriots players were told to plan on flying — and playing — Monday. So, where did things stand Sunday morning?
When Can Patriots' Cam Newton Return From COVID-19 List? NFL's Rules Explained - NESN
When can New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton return from the reserve/COVID-19 list? Here's a look at the NFL's return-to-play guidelines.
The New England Patriots officially placed Cam Newton on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Saturday after the quarterback tested positive for the coronavirus Friday night. When can Newton return to the active roster? That depends. The NFL’s return-to-play protocols are different for players who test positive but are asymptomatic and those who exhibit symptoms. Here are the requirements for both groups, via the NFL’s COVID-19 handbook: — Asymptomatic players can be reactivated once 10 days have passed since the initial positive test OR five days have passed since the initial positive test AND the player returns two consecutive negative PCR virus tests separated by 24 hours. — Symptomatic players cannot return until at least 10 days have passed since the first COVID symptoms appeared AND at least 72 hours have passed since symptoms last occurred. Players in both groups also must be cleared by their team’s head physician before returning. It’s unclear whether Newton is symptomatic. If he’s not, he theoretically could return in time for New England’s Week 5 matchup against the Denver Broncos next Sunday. If he is symptomatic, he’d be required to miss at least this week’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs (which was postponed until Monday or Tuesday) and the Broncos game. The Patriots currently have a bye in Week 6, so barring a schedule change, the earliest Newton could return to the field in this scenario would be Oct. 25 against the San Francisco 49ers. The Patriots will be able to fill Newton’s spot on the 53-man roster with another player until the QB returns. Veteran signal-caller Brian Hoyer is expected to start against Kansas City, multiple sources told NESN.com’s Doug Kyed, with second-year pro Jarrett Stidham serving as the backup. The 34-year-old Hoyer has started 38 career games for six different franchises, but this would be his first start in a Patriots uniform. He’s been New England’s QB2 since the start of the season, with Stidham — who made three garbage-time appearances last season as Tom Brady’s backup — sitting out the first three games as a healthy scratch. Thumbnail photo via Joe Nicholson/USA TODAY Sports Images
Cam Newton Calls Out Dolphins In Instagram Post After Patriots' Win - NESN
Cam Newton shined in New England's Week 1 win over Miami, but his Patriots debut at Gillette Stadium ended in frustration.
You only can make one first impression, and Cam Newton made a good one Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium. Newton shined in his Patriots debut. The veteran quarterback completed 15 of 19 passes for 155 yards, but he was even more effective with his legs. Newton was the game’s leading rusher with 75 yards, and his two touchdowns on the ground helped lift New England to a 21-11 win over the Miami Dolphins. The three-time Pro Bowl selection didn’t leave the field smiling after his strong performance, however. Newton was at the center of an end-of-game skirmish which, according to the star signal-caller, was ignited by Dolphins players reaching for his chain. After the game, Newton trolled the Fins for their failed attempt. Miami’s antics clearly frustrated Newton in the moment, but we can’t imagine he’s dwelling on what took place as the Patriots sealed their Week 1 win. The QB surely will be turning his focus to the Seattle Seahawks, who will host New England on Sunday night. Thumbnail photo via David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports Images
NESN Diary: What Cam Newton’s Presence Means For Jarrett Stidham’s Future (And Other Random Thoughts) - NESN
Each day during the sports pause stemming from the coronavirus pandemic, NESN.com will publish a diary full of random thoughts,…
Each day during the sports pause stemming from the coronavirus pandemic, NESN.com will publish a diary full of random thoughts, opinions, takeaways, and other cool tidbits weve stumbled across in the absence of actual games. Because why not? Were all in this together. After spending two months believing the New England Patriots were actually going to ride with a quarterback room of Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer, news broke Sunday to illustrate that wouldn’t be the case. The reported signing of Newton has been followed up by reports indicating it has nothing to do with the performance of Stidham, who enters his second season. I do, however, believe it relates to the Patriots’ confidence — both short term and long term — in Stidham, but it’s important to differentiate the two entities. The signing of Newton does indicate something about Stidham’s current position. The Patriots simply are saying they’re interested in the potential upside brought on by the 2015 NFL MVP, and that a 2019 fourth-rounder should not just be handed the starting job because he’s there. Who could blame them? Especially considering the team-friendly, incentive-laden deal Newton reportedly signed. The strange offseason may have aided that decision by head coach Bill Belichick. After all, Stidham had been impacted by an unprecedented offseason, to no fault of his own. But the fact is he may not be able to make the full second-year leap others have in the past because the opportunities were not been there during the virtual offseason. If Newton enters the offseason competition healthy, Stidham shouldn’t feel slighted if he loses the position battle to a bigger, stronger and more experienced quarterback. If healthy, Newton is a top 10 QB in the NFL. Where I draw the line, however, is in regards to this signing meaning the Patriots aren’t confident in Stidham long term. I don’t believe this deal means that is the case. Newton’s one-year contract means the Patriots can wipe their hands of him after 2020. They have no long-term ties to Newton, specifically regarding guaranteed money. This decision was not the same as going out and signing a quarterback (i.e. Teddy Bridgewater) to a long-term deal, or using a high-end draft pick on a player at the position (i.e. Jordan Love). Those would show less confidence in Stidham’s future. Essentially, what the Patriots are doing is making their quarterback room better in 2020, still giving Stidham a chance to compete for the job, while also keeping the door open that it will be his down the road. Worst case scenario is Stidham watches Newton during the 2020 season, and that’s not a bad case at all. It gives him another year to develop in the Patriots’ system. And if the Patriots get the most out of Newton and he revitalizes his career, well they got great quarterback play in 2020 while not making a major financial commitment. It also would likely mean Newton lands a big contract elsewhere in free agency, and guess who’s still in New England with two years left on a rookie contract to make his case why he should be the next franchise quarterback? Anyway, here are some other random thoughts from Tuesday: — Julian Edelman had quite the day on Instagram. The Patriots receiver posted a welcome message for the organization’s new quarterback, and it garnered some responses. Among them, Tom Brady made an eye-opening comment (jealous much?) while Newton shared a simple response of his own. néwtôn, MASSACHUSÊTTS #[email protected]/PJLLrYVvhf — Julian Edelman (@Edelman11) June 30, 2020 — Antonio Brown rumors heated back up Tuesday, and it was Brady’s new team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who were involved. It took place as former NFL executive and league insider Mike Lombardi hinted at the possible reunion during an appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show.” However, ESPN’s Dianna Russini debunked that thought while reporting the Buccaneers are “not interested” in Brown. — The Pawtucket Red Sox were dealt a tough blow Tuesday as Minor League Baseball released a statement noting the 2020 season has been cancelled due to COVID-19. While all minor league teams were impacted by the decision, the fact the PawSox were getting to set to play their final season in Pawtucket, prior to moving to Worcester, Mass., likely makes the news a bit tougher to swallow. It means they’ve played their last game in Pawtucket. Tweet of the DayGood work, ya’ll. BREAKING: @MassDPH reports ***no new #COVID19 deaths*** for first time since March! pic.twitter.com/Nt61Yfz32v — Julianne Lima (@JulianneLimaTV) June 30, 2020 Video of the DayAnnual reminder that Jaroslav Halak should bring confidence to Bruins fans. Kura-leap denied. @kurals9 | #NHLBruinspic.twitter.com/P1KLi41z1p — Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) June 30, 2020 Stat of the DayLionel Messi joined a pretty decent club Tuesday. With a penalty kick, Lionel Messi joined "The 700 Club." He has scored 630 goals for Barcelona and 70 playing for Argentina. pic.twitter.com/uy942hqbv7 — ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 30, 2020 Thumbnail photo via Jim Brown/USA TODAY Sports Images
NFL Rumors: Patriots Docked Draft Pick, Fined $1.1M For Taping Bengals Sideline - NESN
The Cam Newton signing wasn't the only bit of New England Patriots news to break Sunday night. According to a…
The Cam Newton signing wasn’t the only bit of New England Patriots news to break Sunday night. According to a report by ESPN’s Mike Reiss, the Patriots have been fined $1.1 million and docked a third-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft for illegally recording the Cincinnati Bengals’ sideline ahead of the teams’ Week 15 matchup last December. Additionally, the NFL reportedly prohibited Patriots production crews from shooting any games during the 2020 NFL season, will require “senior club officials” to undergo “training on league operation and game policies” and banned David Mondillo — the Kraft Sports and Entertainment videographer who was caught recording Cincinnati’s sideline as part of a feature on a Patriots advance scout — “from NFL facilities until further notice.” The Patriots also fired Montillo before the NFL handed down its punishment, per Reiss’ report. Developing news story: The NFL has handed down the following penalties to the Patriots for their television crew filming the field and Cincinnati sideline during a December game between the Bengals and Browns, per sources: pic.twitter.com/Co8kvuofR6 — Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) June 29, 2020 In 2016, the investigation into Deflategate resulted in the loss of first- and fourth-round Patriots draft picks, a $1 million fine and a four-game suspension for quarterback Tom Brady. After Spygate, the Patriots were fined $250,000, head coach Bill Belichick was fined $500,000 and New England lost its first-round selection in 2008. This latest incident occurred during a Bengals-Cleveland Browns game on Dec. 8. The subsequent NFL investigation spanned nearly seven months. In a team statement released Dec. 9, the Patriots said they “accept full responsibility” for the infraction, describing it as an honest mistake by a member of their production crew, which, Belichick quickly stressed, has “zero involvement” with New England’s football operation. Minutes before news of the Patriots’ punishment hit social media, multiple outlets reported the team had signed Newton, the former Carolina Panthers quarterback, to an incentive-laden one-year contract. Thumbnail photo via Joe Maiorana/USA TODAY Sports Images