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FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 03: Cam Newton #1 of the New England Patriots reacts during the second quarter of a game against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on January 3, 2021 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images)

According to Mike Reiss in his Sunday column for, Patriots quarterback Cam Newton has “been in town the past week working out.”

This detail comes amid concerns across the NFL about the health and safety guidelines at voluntary off-season workouts. Phase 1 begins Monday, but it was recently stretched to four weeks instead of two, and will only include virtual meetings and up to two hours of time at team facilities. Teams aren’t allowed to hold on-field workouts until May 17.

The Patriots are among over a dozen NFL teams whose players haveĀ publicly expressed concerns about the safety of team off-season workouts, and to support their fellow NFLPA members. Reiss said he would be surprised if the “majority of the Patriots” roster isn’t in attendance when on-field workouts begin.

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