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That would put Newton on track to start Sunday at home against the Denver Broncos (CBS, 1 p.m. ET). Newton had gone on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Oct. 3 after testing positive.
Patriots players returned to the facility Wednesday after three days off, although they weren’t together as a complete group. Instead, their arrivals were staggered, as the focus was on strength and conditioning work. Newton was present at the facility, according to a source.
The team used its indoor practice facility as a satellite locker room as part of efforts to space out.
Cornerback Stephon Gilmore also could be on the cusp of a return, according to a source, but he would have to clear a final hurdle to come off the COVID-19 reserve list for that to happen. He posted on his personal Instagram page earlier this week that he was “ready to be back in action.”