FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England Patriots coach Invoice Belichick stated quarterback Cam Newton and cornerback Stephon Gilmore will not follow Saturday, and he deflected questions on who will begin Monday towards the Denver Broncos (ESPN, 5 p.m. ET) if Newton is not accessible.
“I am not getting right into a bunch of hypotheticals. We’re taking it day-to-day. Hour by hour,” Belichick advised reporters on a morning convention name.
The Patriots reopened their facility Saturday after having labored nearly Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. A supply advised ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler that there have been no new positive tests from Friday’s testing, which marked a 3rd straight day that was the case.
Newton, Gilmore and practice-squad defensive deal with Invoice Murray stay on the group’s COVID-19 reserve checklist.
The Patriots began veteran Brian Hoyer in Newton’s absence in Monday’s 26-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, as he had been the No. 2 quarterback by the primary 4 weeks of the season. Belichick would not reply if Hoyer stays the highest backup after he had been pulled in favor of Jarrett Stidham late within the third quarter of that recreation.
Belichick saved repeating that the group is taking issues “day-to-day” and “hour by hour.”
“One factor that we have realized this 12 months, repeatedly, has been now we have to be prepared to regulate and adapt to modifications and modifications in the best way we do issues, and in some circumstances selections that actually come all the way down to a really brief period of time,” he stated.
“I am actually not attempting to make lots of long-term selections right here, and even recreation selections, till we will truly get on the market right now and begin to undergo our group preparation course of collectively and get a greater sense of the place we’re and what we have to do within the subsequent 48-plus hours.”
Requested in regards to the Patriots not being on an equal enjoying subject because the Broncos this week, due to their restricted follow schedule, Belichick stated he made the choice to shut the group’s facility.
“I really feel like I needed to make the choices on what’s greatest for our soccer group, and what’s greatest for our soccer is the well being and security of our group. That is our primary precedence. With out that, we do not have a group,” he stated.
“Now we have to keep up, I might say, the integrity of not solely our soccer group but additionally the prolonged group — our households, and the family members for each member of our group. That is bought to return first. I believe everyone acknowledges that, feels the identical manner, and we’ll need to work perhaps somewhat bit more durable to make up for among the on-the-field follow time we have missed this week. However we will not compromise the well being, security and well-being of our soccer group, together with our workers. I do not suppose that is the reply. I do not suppose that is the best way to go. Within the long-term, I believe that is going to be far more detrimental than a short-term adjustment that now we have to make to be able to maximize everybody’s well being and security.
“That is our method, that is the best way I have a look at it, and I do know that is the best way Mr. Kraft appears to be like at it. So that is what we will proceed to do — put the group first.”