Time on Patriots' side for Cam Newton's return to action

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Little has been ideal for the New England Patriots in recent weeks, but here is one silver lining from having an unexpected bye in Week 5: It improves odds that quarterback Cam Newton might return for Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos (1 p.m. ET, CBS).

Time is on the Patriots’ side, unlike last week.

Had the Patriots hosted the Broncos on Monday, it’s possible Newton, who was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Oct. 3, might have been under center. But at the time the NFL postponed the game, Newton’s presence was far from a certainty, which is why the club was preparing for backups Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer to be ready.

Here is what is known about Newton:

Newton’s father, Cecil, told ABC 11 in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, over the weekend, “[Cam] had none of the symptoms” after testing positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 2. “Him being asymptomatic, he’s kind of working his way through it,” he said.

Newton, 31, is testing daily and continues to take part in the Patriots’ virtual meetings.

He wasn’t cleared to practice on Saturday, the team’s most recent on-field

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