Source – Cam Newton of the New England Patriots to join the team on Thursday after COVID-19

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – When the New England Patriots return to practice Thursday, quarterback Cam Newton is expected to join the team, a source told ESPN’s Field Yates.That would put Newton on track to start Sunday at home against the Denver Broncos (CBS, 1 p.m. ET) and return from the reserve / COVID-19 roster, which he was placed on Oct. 3 after testing positive.

The Patriots returned to the facility on Wednesday after three days off, although they weren’t together as a full squad. Instead, their arrivals were staggered as the emphasis was on strength and conditioning work. Newton was present at the facility, according to a source.

The team used their indoor practice center as a satellite locker room as part of the spacing efforts.

Cornerback Stephon Gilmore, starting defensive tackle Byron Cowart and training squad defensive tackle Bill Murray are the other players the Patriots have placed on the COVID-19 roster.

In Newton’s absence, the Patriots started veteran Brian Hoyer in a 26-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on October 5. The team were supposed to face the Broncos last Monday, but after Cowart tested positive on October 9, that game was postponed until Sunday.

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