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.
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.
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?