New England Patriots' Cam Newton vows to get healthy after COVID-19 positive test; when will he return?
New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton will miss at least Monday night's scheduled game against the Kansas City Chiefs after testing positive for COVID-19.
After the Patriots put Newton on the COVID-19/reserve list on Saturday, the question is how long he'll remain on the sidelines. According to the NFL's coronavirus guidelines, it all depends on how he feels and what symptoms he's displaying over the course of the next few days.
Newton seemed upbeat in an Instagram post on Sunday, thanking his supporters for their well wishes and saying he will take his time off "to get healthy and self-reflect on the other amazing things that I should be grateful for."
In addition, Newton needs two negative COVID tests at least 24 hours apart. If that happens and he remains asymptomatic, Newton could return as early as next Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos.
Otherwise, he'll need to wait 10 days after his positive test and have no symptoms for at least 72 hours before he's cleared to return.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick has not announced who will replace Newton at quarterback against the Chiefs , but he's expected to go with veteran Brian Hoyer over second-year pro Jarrett Stidham.