Old New England Patriots strategist Cam Newton has reportedly been vaccinated against COVID-19, a move that could hasten the return of the former league MVP to play in the NFL.
Sources told the NFL Network Saturday that teams in contact with Newton since his release from the Patriots were informed that he had received the COVID-19 vaccine.
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Getting vaccinated would mean any team interested in signing Newton wouldn’t have to wait five days before they can join them, according to NFL safety protocols, Professional football discussion reported.
Newton was apparently released from the Patriots in September after being forced to miss five days after a “misunderstanding” with the league’s COVID testing protocols. He was not allowed to enter the team’s premises until he tested negative for the coronavirus on the fifth day of his absence.
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The Patriots said that by the time Newton went to a “club-approved medical appointment.”
New England were reportedly unhappy with the situation, but there was no real indication that Newton’s release was due to the testing incident.
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“I crossed all the lines, I checked all the boxes, I dotted all my i’s. Then to find out I had to sit down, that’s when I felt a little bamboozled, because you all told me to go, ”Newton said at the time.