New England Patriots

Sep 13, 2020; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton (1) runs the ball for a touch down against the Miami Dolphins during the third quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

By Alex Barth,

Cam Newton is among the 12 Patriots players listed as questionable for Sunday, although he is expected to start.

Despite being limited all week with an abdomen injury, Newton will be under center when the Patriots take on the Chargers, according to Jeff Howe of the Athletic. Outside of the time he missed due to COVID, this is the first time all season Newton has been as much as limited at Patriots practice.

The exact nature an extent of the injury are unknown. However, Newton did take a thunderous hit in the Patriots’ last game. Newton finished the game, but the pop from Isaiah Simmons drew criticism throughout the week.

Among the other Patriots listed as questionable are defensive starters Ja’Whaun Bentley (groin), J.C. Jackson (hip), and Adam Butler (shoulder). Butler is coming off of a career game against Arizona, in which he recorded his first sack of the season.

For the Chargers, star pass rusher Joey Bosa was removed from the report after not practicing Wednesday due to a shin issue. Linebacker Denzel Perryman (back) is listed as doubtful, while four players including starting cornerback Casey Hayward (groin) are questionable.

Neither team has yet to rule anybody out, and given each side’s report such an announcement feels unlikely until inactives are due 90 minutes before kickoff.

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