Cam Newton has been known to spend long hours at the practice facility during the season. This is usually a good thing. When he found out that his COVID-19 test came out positive, however, it created a nightmare.
Newton joined WEEI’s Greg Hill on Monday and said of someone on the New England Patriots’ roster, that was a “red flag” given how many people he is around. He initially thought the test could be a false positive, and said he did not know how he contracted the disease.
Newton: The biggest fear was spreading COVID
Newton on WEEI (H / T USA Today Sports) said, “I think the biggest fear for everyone here was just mine. I think about the number of hours I spend daily in this facility.” “And if I contracted it, if there was a red flag, I think it would have been with me.” Here is a person who is here as long as he is. who was that? Who did he touch? things like that. And I was more worried about it, because I didn’t want to involve anyone else in the team for this. “
Newton was placed on the league’s COVID-19 / reserve list on October 3, the day before the Sunday slate of the week’s game. The Patriots’ game against the Kansas City Chiefs was pushed back one day.
Stephen Gilmore test positive ‘worst nightmare’
Later in the day, Stephen Gilmore, announced the decisive defensive player of the year, tested positive.
“The fact is that Steph [Gilmore] It was my worst nightmare that I never want to sabotage anything to a minor degree, because I know what we have the ability to create, ”said Newton. “And yet, through it all, we saw it and got a better understanding of it.”
Six other Patriots are on the COVID-19 / Reserve List since the game against the Chiefs. Teams around the league have shut down their facilities on positive test learning, but Week 6 saw no new scheduling changes.
Newton: The sky is falling, but I’ve got my umbrella
Newton returned for the Week 6 game, but he and the offense struggled with an 18–12 loss and lost to the Denver Broncos the following week. They had only one full practice, as positive tests forced the organization to close its facility.
This is the first time since 2001 (Tom Brady’s first year as a starter) that the Patriots are 2-3.
“The sky may fall for the next few days,” said 31-year-old Newton. “Listen, I will bring my umbrella, raincoat and everything else that I need to get the job done.” I know we will work (and) we will produce more in a positive way going forward. “
The Patriots are scheduled to host the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday at Gillette Stadium.
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