The Patriots released a statement surrounding the story to begin the week. They clarified there was a misunderstanding of NFL protocols and the veteran quarterback would have to miss several practices, as a result.
“On Saturday, Cam Newton traveled to a Club-approved medical appointment that required him to leave the New England area,” the statement reads. “He received daily Covid tests, which were all negative. Due to a misunderstandings about tests conducted away from NFL facilities, and as required by the NFL-NFLPA protocols, Cam will be subject to the five-day entry cadence process before returning to the facility.”
In true Belichick fashion, he wasn’t willing to offer further clarification on Newton’s required absences on Thursday.
“I don’t really have anything to add, Dan,” Belichick said, via Pro Football Talk. “We released a statement. I think that covered it as thoroughly as we can without getting into lengthy things, so let’s leave it at that. … He didn’t go against team rules, but there was a misunderstanding, and it’s exactly what I said it was in the statement.”
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) August 26, 2021
The soonest we could potentially learn more about this situation will be when Cam Newton returns to practice and meets with reporters. Bill Belichick certainly isn’t willing to share any new information.
The Patriots, meanwhile, are giving Mac Jones first-team reps in Newton’s absence. It could prove to be a critical week in New England’s quarterback competition.