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,

After being removed from the COVID reserve list on Wednesday, Cam Newton made his return to the Patriots Thursday afternoon. The quarterback was spotted at practice 13 days after testing positive for COVID-19.

Along with Newton, cornerback Stephon Gilmore and practice squad defensive tackle Bill Murray also were in attendance on Thursday. Neither had been removed from the COVID list as of Wednesday night, but their presence indicates their activation will  be official by the end of the day.

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Gilmore’s positive test was revealed last Wednesday. Due to the Patriots’ matchup with the Broncos being postponed, the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year won’t miss any game action. His 44 consecutive start streak, the second longest such streak in the league, will likely remain intact.

Among those not spotted at practice was defensive tackle Byron Cowart. Cowart tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, which was the final push in delaying the Patriots-Broncos game by a week. Also not in attendance was defensive end Deatrich Wise, who was a late addition to yesterday’s injury report as a “non-football related – did not participate.”

The Patriots will hold another practice tomorrow before returning to action on Sunday, when they host the Broncos at 1:00 p.m.. You can catch the call of the game on 98.5 The Sports Hub.

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