Cam Newton seems to be doing his best to make himself a signable for the NFL team.
Newton received a COVID-19 vaccine as teams have been in contact with former Patriots quarterback, NFL Network’s Mike Garavolo reported Saturday.
Garavolo also reported during his “Good Morning Football Weekend” appearance that there was no imminent Newton signing but that teams had been in contact with him for the first six weeks of the season.
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“A lot of people say, ‘Did Newton’s vaccination status factor into whether New England kept him, and whether he would take his place elsewhere?'” That is no longer a story here,” said Garavulo. “Again, the teams have been informed… that Cam Newton has now been vaccinated. So even if he comes, he won’t have to wait five days before he can rehearse or join your list.”
Newton had to spend five days away from the Patriots during pre-season after what was described as a misunderstanding of the team’s COVID-19 policies.
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Less than a week later, the Patriots cut Newton and named rookie Mac Jones the team’s primary quarterback. Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Newton’s vaccination case was not the cause of the circumcision, but that didn’t stop speculation from an outbreak.
Jones led the Patriots to a 2-3 start. He completed 71.1 percent of his passes, with 1,243 yards, five touchdowns and five interceptions.
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Newton’s vaccination status will make it easier for him to join the team. The NFL’s COVID-19 rules allow vaccinated players to avoid quarantine even in close contact with infected individuals. In the event of a positive breakthrough, the vaccinated player only has to wait until he receives two negative tests 24 hours apart. Then the player will undergo weekly tests or be tested only as directed by the medical staff.
Unvaccinated players who have tested positive must be isolated for at least 10 days and cannot return until they are asymptomatic. Unvaccinated players are also subject to a five-day quarantine if they have been in close contact with infected individuals.
In addition, unvaccinated players must be tested daily for COVID-19, wear masks at all times at the facility, cannot congregate in groups larger than three people and face fines if they break NFL coronavirus protocols. Free agents must test negative for five consecutive days before entering the team facility.