Newton, Gilmore return, putting both on track to play

Patriots quarterback Cam Newton and cornerback Stephon Gilmore returned to follow for the primary time since checking out certain for the coronavirus, striking each gamers heading in the right direction to be within the lineup when New England hosts Denver on Sunday.

Newton, who neglected New England’s loss at Kansas Town after his Oct. 2 certain take a look at, was once activated from the reserve/COVID-19 checklist on Wednesday. Gilmore was once activated from the checklist Thursday, following his Oct. 7 certain take a look at. Follow squad participant Invoice Murray additionally returned from the COVID checklist Thursday.

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Defensive take on Byron Cowart is the one Patriots participant lately nonetheless at the checklist. He examined certain on Oct. 11.

In line with the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols, a participant who exams certain can go back after 10 days have handed since their preliminary certain take a look at or following two consecutive adverse virus exams 24 hours aside.

Gilmore’s go back to motion wouldn’t be just right information for a Denver passing offense that ranks 27th within the NFL, averaging 214 yards in keeping with recreation. The Broncos even have additionally thrown six interceptions in 2020, the 3rd maximum within the league at the back of best Philadelphia (9) and Minnesota (seven).

Patriots trainer Invoice Belichick was once noncommittal when requested Thursday concerning the probability of Newton and Gilmore being in a position to play this weekend.

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“We’ll have to look the way it is going. We haven’t had a possibility to do a lot within the closing 10 days or so,” Belichick stated. “That’s with everyone, it’s no longer explicit to anybody person participant. However simply typically, we’ve mentioned getting again into issues and comparing as we cross.”

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