Will Cam Newton Start for New England Patriots on Monday Night?

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October 11, 2020 3:30 pm

Bill Belichick’s New England Patriots suffered their second loss of the season against the Super Bowl LIV champions, Kansas City Chiefs, earlier this week. They were forced to play without starting quarterback, Cam Newton, who reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 in the build-up to their crucial Week Four clash at the Arrowhead Stadium.

Brian Hoyer started in Newton’s stead with Jarrett Stidham stepping onto the field later on during the game. However, the Patriots succumbed to a 26-10 loss as Patrick Mahomes led the Chiefs to their fourth-straight win of the season.

There were reports claiming that Cam Newton was eligible to start for the Patriots in Week Five if he continues to show no symptoms. But Head Coach Bill Belichick opined otherwise.

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Patriots’ Bill Belichick does not expect Cam Newton to feature on Sunday

Patriots insider, Doug Kyed, posted the above tweet earlier today. If this were true, then the Boston-based outfit will be forced to play with either Hoyer or Stidham as their starting QB.

Newton has been a standout performer for New England in 2020. The former 2015 NFL MVP has thrown for 714 yards in 3 games with 2 passing TDs. He also rushed for 149 yards with 4 rushing touchdowns to his name.

Sep 13, 2020; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton (1) runs the ball for a touch down against the Miami Dolphins during the third quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Apart from Cam, the Patriots will also be without defensive star Stephen Gilmore. The seasoned NFL star also tested positive for COVID-19. The entire Patriots facility was shut down earlier this week due to a reported ‘coronavirus outbreak’. However, they re-opened on Saturday to resume training ahead of the Broncos game on Monday night.

The Patriots are scheduled to play Vic Fangio’s Denver Broncos on Monday. The visitors are on a 1-3 record this season. They won their first game of the season against the New York Jets in Week Four. Can they redeem themselves this time around?

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Daniel Arambur

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. He has previously written for Sportscafe and Republic World. In addition to that, Daniel has completed his first level in Spanish linguistic training with Hispanic Horizons. With respect to the NFL, Daniel is a keen admirer of the old guard in Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers, while also closely following the career trajectory of the effervescent Tom Brady. The Mass Media graduate backs Patrick Mahomes to go on and make his mark as the ‘greatest to ever do it’ in the National Football League.

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