Cam Newton Misses Patriots Practice Due to ‘Misunderstanding’ Regarding COVID-19 Testing

Published 08/23/2021, 6:33 PM EDT
FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – OCTOBER 25: Cam Newton #1 of the New England Patriots walks on the sidelines during their NFL game against the San Francisco 49ers at Gillette Stadium on October 25, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)


New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton endured a torrid spell in his ‘comeback’ season last year. The former Carolina Panthers man arrived in Boston as the unlikely replacement for outgoing legend, Tom Brady. There were doubts surrounding his capability to work under coach Bill Belichick and his strict regime in Foxborough.

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Nov 22, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton (1) calls a play at the line of scrimmage during the fourth quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

But despite a mixed bag of results in 2020, the Patriot re-signed Newton to an extension in the offseason. That did not stop owner Robert Kraft and his coaches from drafting rookie QB Mac Jones in the 1st round of the 2021 NFL Draft.

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The highly-regarded youngster led Nick Saban-coached University of Alabama to the CFP National Championship earlier this year. He will be competing with Newton for the starting quarterback berth when the season kicks off in September.

However, it appears that Cam’s preseason is taking a turn for the worse considering recent events.

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As fans will be aware, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has issued strong instructions to team owners that they must stick to the rules and guidelines with respect to COVID-19 regulations. The league is taking no chances this season as they aim to reduce the number of absentees on team rosters due to coronavirus infections with regular testing.

There were reports earlier today that New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton was absent from training. Rumours of an injury from the weekend began to surface. But NFL Network correspondent and league insider, Ian Rapoport, took to Twitter with an update regarding the same.

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As reported above, Newton’s preseason has been dealt a teeny-tiny blow. He will be practicing virtually from home until he’s given the green light to return to Foxborough and rejoin coach Belichick’s offence.

In the meantime, rookie Mac Jones will get to work with first-team regulars as he continues to grasp the Patriots’ playbook. New England play their final preseason game against the New York Giants at the end of August.

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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