Cam Newton’s Absence: COVID-19 Quarantine Length, Return Date, Updates on Patriots QB

After a few months of being a free agent, Cam Newton earned himself a spot on the New England Patriots roster. Everything was going great up until the moment he was tested positive for the coronavirus, putting him and his team in a very difficult position.

After a lot of tests, the Patriots travelled to Kansas City to play against the Chiefs in their postponed match. There was no Newton on the field, which was devastating for the team. They were not able to compete against the raging championship with Brian Hoyer or Jarrett Stidham, who both made some rookie mistakes during the game and ultimately caused the team to lose.

Whether Newton would have taken his team to a win this week or not will remain a mystery. All that we know was that he looked healthy and at times dominant through three weeks that had seen the Patriots go 2-1. He also had 714 yards and two touchdowns to go with 149 rushing yards and four more touchdowns. For Newton, this seemed like the start of a career season. Now, we don’t know what will happen when he returns to the field.

Recent reports have shared that Newton is asymptomatic, which means that he could go back on the field after 10 days of showing no symptoms. If he does develop some symptoms, he cannot return from the list until 10 days have passed since symptoms first arrived. To add to that, he can not have displayed symptoms for 72 hours before he’s allowed to be removed from the list. It’s going to be a long road to recovery and returning to the field, but Newton will pull it through.

The Patriots are now preparing for their upcoming game against the Denver Broncos this weekend. Newton still has a chance to play if he could put together consecutive negative PCR tests separated by 24 hours.