By KYLE HIGHTOWER, AP Sports activities Author
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Patriots quarterback Cam Newton and cornerback Stephon Gilmore returned to apply for the primary time since testing optimistic for the coronavirus, placing each gamers on monitor to be within the lineup when New England hosts Denver on Sunday.
Newton, who missed New England’s loss at Kansas Metropolis after his Oct. 2 optimistic check, was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 listing on Wednesday. Gilmore was activated from the listing Thursday, following his Oct. 7 optimistic check. Follow squad participant Invoice Murray additionally returned from the COVID listing Thursday.
Defensive deal with Byron Cowart is the one Patriots participant presently nonetheless on the listing. He examined optimistic on Oct. 11.
In keeping with the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols, a participant who checks optimistic can return after 10 days have handed since their preliminary optimistic check or following two consecutive unfavorable virus checks 24 hours aside.
Gilmore’s return to motion wouldn’t be excellent news for a Denver passing offense that ranks twenty seventh within the NFL, averaging 214 yards per recreation. The Broncos even have additionally thrown six interceptions in 2020, the third most within the league behind solely Philadelphia (9) and Minnesota (seven).
Patriots coach Invoice Belichick was noncommittal when requested Thursday concerning the probability of Newton and Gilmore being able to play this weekend.
“We’ll need to see the way it goes. We haven’t had a possibility to do a lot within the final 10 days or so,” Belichick mentioned. “That’s with all people, it’s not particular to anyone particular person participant. However simply basically, we’ve talked about getting again into issues and evaluating as we go.”
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