New England Patriots play against Denver Broncos Sunday, Newton returns as starting quarterback

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (WWLP) – After being postponed twice due to COVID-19 cases among players, the New England Patriots faced off against the Denver Broncos Sunday afternoon in Foxborough.

This game was supposed to be played last Sunday but due to multiple COVID-19 cases on the team, the game was then postponed to Monday then rescheduled to Sunday.

Cam Newton started at quarterback for the Patriots. Newton and Stephon Gilmore, who also tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week, were both back in the lineup Sunday. Both players were medically cleared after coming off the COVID-19/reserve list. This will be Cam’s first game since Week 3 against the Raiders.

Patriots did have some inactive players going into the Broncos game Sunday afternoon. Offensive guard Shaq Mason and defensive lineman Derek Rivers were both placed on the COVID-19/reserve list earlier this week.

It was a sense of normalcy for fans Sunday during a season that’s been anything but. Fans, players and coaches are hoping the rest of the season goes as scheduled.

“I’m glad that we have Cam back right now,” said Jack Woods of Peabody. “Only having one practice and walk throughs is really showing on the field today but once we get back into it and these players get back into a rhythm, we can collectively come back as a team.”

“Hopefully we don’t lose anymore guys to COVID,” said Alex Morry of Mashpee “We can still make a push in the division and get a Wild Card spot. I don’t think it’s time to panic quite yet.”

The Patriots were upset by the Denver Broncos Sunday by a final score of 18-12. They now stand at 3-2 behind the Buffalo Bills in the AFC East.

The Patriots will stay put at Gillette Stadium for their next game against a familiar face in Jimmy Garoppolo and the San Francisco 49ers in a Week 7 matchup next Sunday.

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