New England Patriots

By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

Cam Newton learned the hard way to take COVID-19 seriously. The Patriots quarterback is in jeopardy of missing two straight games on the reserve/COVID-19 list after testing positive for the virus, and now he’s doing the right thing and reminding his Twitter followers to protect themselves.

“WEAR YOUR MASK • KEEP YOUR DISTANCE,” Newton said in the above tweet. It’s unknown exactly how or when Newton contracted COVID, but it’s highly likely it happened while Newton wasn’t doing either of the things that he’s now imploring people to do.

It’s also unclear whether Newton is responsible for infecting two teammates who are now headed to the reserve/COVID-19 list, cornerback Stephon Gilmore and practice squad defensive tackle Bill Murray. Gilmore, in particular, caused a stir when people highlighted a shot of him in close contact with Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes after Monday’s Patriots game.

Cam Newton reminded his Twitter followers to wear a mask and practice social distancing after contracting COVID-19. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Cam Newton reminded his Twitter followers to wear a mask and practice social distancing after contracting COVID-19. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Newton has to spend a minimum of five days on the reserve/COVID-19 list, and at that point would be able to return to the team if he weren’t showing symptoms. But if he is showing signs, he’d have to spend at least 10 days, which would make him unavailable for Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos. Gilmore is already unavailable after returning a positive test on Wednesday.

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According to Albert Breer of The MMQB, the Patriots are conducting virtual practices both Wednesday and Thursday and would practice in person on Friday at the earliest. As of now, the Patriots-Broncos game is scheduled to take place, but as with everything involving COVID-19, the situation is fluid and could change at any moment.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Yell at him on Twitter @mattdolloff or send him a nasty email at matthew.dolloff@bbgi.com.