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FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - AUGUST 17: Cam Newton #1 of the New England Patriots throws a pass during training camp at Gillette Stadium on August 17, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Steven Senne-Pool/Getty Images)

There is now a diagnosis – and timetable to return – for Cam Newton after the Patriots’ quarterback injured his hand during Friday’s OTA practice.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Newton suffered ‘a slight bone bruise’ on his throwing hand, after hitting his hand off a teammate’s helmet. Rapoport says the injury is “not considered major at all,” but “since it’s the spring, we may not see much more of him until training camp.”

The Patriots have four remaining OTA practices, on June 7, 8, 10 (open to media), and 11. There is also a three-day minicamp from June 14-16. After that, Newton and the team will have about a month and a half off until training camp begins in late July.

If Newton does miss time between now and camp, it will mean more opportunities for Mac Jones, Jarrett Stidham, and Brian Hoyer to gain ground in what is expected to be a highly-competitive position battle at quarterback. Not only does it look like those three will get more reps this spring, but they will all hit the ground running when camp begins, as opposed to Newton who could be starting cold.

MORE: Patriots OTA Notebook

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