Cam Newton out until Thursday because of “misunderstanding” about COVID-19 tests

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Patriots quarterback Cam Newton is out of practice because of what the team is calling a “misunderstanding” about COVID-19 tests.

“On Saturday, Cam Newton traveled to a Club-approved medical appointment that required him to leave the New England area,” the team said in a statement. “He received daily Covid tests, which were all negative. Due to a misunderstanding 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. Cam will continue participating virtually in team activities and return to the club facility on Thursday, August 26.”

Newton has declined to say whether he’s vaccinated, but this news indicates he is not, as only unvaccinated players are required to be tested daily.

Now Newton’s personal decision not to get vaccinated will give rookie Mac Jones a better opportunity to unseat Newton for the starting quarterback job. With Jones running the first-string offense for the next three days of practice, he has a golden opportunity to do exactly what Bill Belichick says he needs to do, and perform better than Newton to take the starting job from him.

23 responses to “Cam Newton out until Thursday because of “misunderstanding” about COVID-19 tests

  1. Here we go…He’s also unvaxxed and we’re supposed to believe this guy gives them a better chance?

    Not buying it.

  2. This means Mac is practicing and start with the 1’s against the Giants 1’s.

    We’ll find out a lot more about who we have in Mac in the next few days.

  3. If Mac gets the start and attends the post-game press conference dressed like Mr. Bojangles, all bets are off.

  4. In other words, his absence from the team and potential for demotion in favor of Jones was completely preventable. His body, his choice. And his own dumb decision could prematurely end his career.

  5. Dumb choice on Cam’s part. Loses the starting role because he won’t get a jab. I bet he had the polio vaccine and the mumps, measles and rubella vaccine as a kid. Not the brightest bulb. It’s FDA approved now. No reason for him not to get it except stupidity.

  6. bkinacti0n says:
    August 23, 2021 at 11:11 am
    Bill’s always good for “misunderstanding” the league rules.

    Where did it say anything about Bill misunderstanding the rules?

  7. The man HAD Covid-19. He has natural immunity. A lot better than the jab. So all you Monday morning virologists can sit down now.

  8. nothing but tempting fate to turn his choice into a disgrace n turn BB irate if he comes down with it right before playoff time ….. :S

  9. Man, I’ve been pulling for Cam, but this is getting stupid.
    Get vaxxed, or get lost.
    This is how Cam’s career is going to end. . . Covid. He’ll test positive again, lose his job to Mac— who is nipping at his heels anyway— find himself on the bench and then unemployed, all while throwing needless confusion into the Patriot’s plans along the way.
    Don’t be a bonehead, Cam!

  10. This “misunderstanding” was in pre-season. What happens when the next misunderstanding is on a Friday before a game, and the whole week’s practices have been run by Cam? Is this a risk a rational management would take? I think Cam has looked really good, and I am hopeful he can resurrect his career. But he’s got to be smart, and right now, he’s not.

  11. Actually, it is recommended to get the vaccine even if you previously had the virus.

  12. bkinacti0n says:
    August 23, 2021 at 11:11 am
    Bill’s always good for “misunderstanding” the league rules.
    ———————————————————–
    Actually, Bill gets in hot water for understanding the rules WAY better than anyone else.

  13. I’m not sure it’s a great idea to force players to get vaccinated but unfortunately those are the rules. Cam is terrible anyway let Mac Jones start.

  14. But he’s got to be smart, and right now, he’s not.

    ____

    The guy is blessed with natural physical ability and contrary to what a lot of other people think, hes a very hard worker and hes also a very good person. His years in Carolina he was always holding camps for kids and contributing to the community. His problem has always been the mental part of the game…and controlling his emotions on the field. I root for the guy, but things like this are going to cost him.

    He just gave Jones the opening he may have needed. We will see.

  15. I’m a little confused. At the beginning of the article it states ““On Saturday, Cam Newton traveled to a Club-approved medical appointment that required him to leave the New England area,” …”

    If Cam traveled to a “club approved medical appointment”, and he was tested several times, what’s the fuss about? He didn’t sneak off and he wasn’t clubbing … at least not at first.

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