Aug 19, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton (1) drops back to pass against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

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Cam Newton out because of ‘misunderstanding’ of COVID-19 tests

New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton was absent from Monday’s practice, causing many to wonder what was ailing the former NFL MVP.

The Patriots were quick to release a statement explaining the reason behind Newton’s absence.

“On Saturday, Cam Newton traveled to a club-approved medical appointment that required him to leave the New England area. He received daily Covid tests, which were all negative. Due to a misunderstanding about tests conducted away from NFL facilities, and as required by the NFL-NFLPA protocols, Cam will be subject to the five-day entry cadence process before returning to the facility. Cam will continue participating virtually in team activities and return to the club facility on Thursday, August 26.”

Newton previously has declined to say whether he’s vaccinated, although this situation seems to have provided an answer; only unvaccinated players are required to be tested daily.

Newton, a former No. 1 overall draft pick and the 2015 NFL MVP with the Carolina Panthers, is in his second season with the Patriots.

Brought in to fill the very big shoes of Tom Brady, Newton was 7-8 as a starter in 2020 as the Patriots missed the playoffs for only the third time in 20 seasons. He completed 65.8 percent of his pass attempts for 2,657 yards and eight touchdowns with 10 interceptions. He added 12 touchdowns on 592 rushing yards.

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