New England Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - SEPTEMBER 13: Cam Newton #1 of the New England Patriots greets Stephon Gilmore #24 before the game against the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium on September 13, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

By Alex Barth,

UPDATE: The Patriots officially removed Cam Newton from the COVID reserve list Wednesday afternoon.

The Patriots are starting to see the light at the end of the table when it comes to their COVID issues.

According to ESPN’s Field Yates, quarterback Cam Newton is expected to be with the team when they resume practices on Thursday. Newton first tested positive on October 2, and missed the Patriots’ Week 4 loss in Kansas City.

That report was followed by one from WBZ’s Dan Roche, indicating cornerback Stephon Gilmore will return to the team Thursday as well. Gilmore tested positive on October 7.

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Thursday’s session will be the Patriots’ first full practice in almost two weeks. The team held a walkthrough on Saturday before their game with the Broncos was postponed.

If and when Newton and Gilmore are removed from COVID reserve, the team will have two players remaining on the list – defensive tackle Byron Cowart, and practice squad defensive lineman Bill Murray.

The Patriots are set to return to action from their de facto bye week on Sunday when they host the Broncos, pending any more positive tests. No Patriots player has tested positive for COVID-19 since Saturday (Cowart).

Alex Barth is a writer and digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Looking for a podcast guest? Let him know on Twitter @RealAlexBarth or via email at