Sport Bill Belichick says Cam Newton is doing 'all right' after hand injury; QB remains out of Patriots practice
As Cam Newton prepares for his 11th season, now or never has arrived for the Patriots quarterback
Superman either gives his powers away or he loses them. The problem, of course, was that Newton’s play diminished over the course of the season. And rather than looking like a player who just needed to be healthy, Newton looked like a player who needed more of almost everything. From health to surrounding talent to classroom time and more. In fairness, Belichick made a good point. There’s no denying that Newton started from behind in 2020, when the primary question out of the gate was whether he could be healthy and ready to go for training camp.
Nearly a week after leaving practice with a bone bruise in his throwing hand,quarterback is still unable to take the field while recovering from the injury. But coach Bill Belichick did not appear overly concerned with the ailment when Thursday, saying Newton is "doing all right" and "getting better." For the time being, however, the veteran signal-caller will remain sidelined, enabling first-round draft pick more opportunities to earn snaps as the No. 1 QB.
"He's doing all right," Belichick said Thursday. "He won't participate today, but he's getting better."
Bill Belichick says Cam Newton's hand injury is 'nothing serious,' but still won't practice
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick did something surprising on Thursday: He gave an injury update on a player. During a media session on Thursday, Belichick deviated from his normal practice of telling reporters to refer to the injury report and gave an update on Cam. Belichick didn't confirm what kind of injury Newton had sustained, and he didn't give a timeline for his return, but the situation appears to be headed in a positive direction. He said that Newton wouldn't be participating in the team's last OTA practice on Thursday, but left the door open for what could happen beyond that.
Asked if Newton's injury is serious, the coach downplayed its severity without committing to an immediate recovery.
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"Uh, no," he said. "Well, he's not out there, so ... but I think he'll be all right, yeah."
In other words, at least for now, the Pats are simply being cautious with the 32-year-old QB, who hasn't played a full season in four years. Behind closed doors, they might also just be interested in getting eyes on Jones, who began filling in for Newton last week by splitting 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 reps with reservesand . The 15th overall pick is widely expected to open 2021 behind Newton on the depth chart, but it's possible the rookie could take over as QB1 early in the year, if not ahead of Week 1.
It's unclear if Newton will be ready for the Patriots' mandatory minicamp starting June 15. If he doesn't dress then, New England will not see him under center again until late July, for training camp. The longtimestarter played 15 games for the Patriots in 2020, missing one game due to COVID-19 and playing through other injuries while posting some of the worst passing marks of his career.
Cam Newton could return to practice on Monday .
Nine days ago, Patriots quarterback Cam Newton suffered a slight bone bruise in his finger when he banged his hand against a helmet. On Monday, he could be back on the practice field. Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports that Newton returned to practice on Friday, and that he “threw the ball around a bit.” Coach [more]Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports that Newton returned to practice on Friday, and that he “threw the ball around a bit.