Patriots quarterback Cam Newton tested positive for COVID-19 last week and missed New England’s game against the Chiefs on Monday.
This week, Newton’s status is up in the air. If the quarterback passes multiple coronavirus tests and has no symptoms, he might be cleared in time to play against the Broncos in Week 5. Denver hasn’t ruled out that possibility.
“Who knows with all this COVID stuff,” linebacker Josey Jewell said Tuesday. “It’ll be another fun assignment for us whether he plays or not, we’re ready for both. So, we’ll get to know here in the next couple days what’s going to happen, but I’m excited for whoever shows up there as quarterback.”
If Newton doesn’t play this week, New England will start either Brian Hoyer or Jarrett Stidham, two QBs who don’t play the same way as Newton.
“This week, it’s kind of two completely different quarterback styles,” defensive lineman Mike Purcell said Tuesday. “You look at their first few games compared to the game last night. It changed up.
“It’s kind of hard, but you’ve just got to be a professional and prepare for whatever situation may come. We’re going to prepare like we could play any one of the three quarterbacks, no matter who it may be. We’ve just got to go out there and be the best defense we can be.”
Denver, meanwhile, also has a QB situation to monitor this week.
Drew Lock (shoulder) returned to practice but he’s been limited. If Lock is not quite ready to play against the Patriots, the Broncos will start Brett Rypien in New England. Rypien won his first NFL start last week.