Newton has been on the COVID-19 list for just under two weeks now after testing positive for the virus. Gilmore landed on the list last Tuesday.
But this seems like Newton will be making his return to the field shortly and should exit the list to resume his duties as New England’s starting quarterback in Week 6 against the Broncos.
Getting Gilmore, the reigning defensive player of the year, back will also be a big boost to New England’s defense.
Newton, 31, is a former first-round pick of the Panthers back in 2011. He was entering the fifth year of his six-year, $118.47 million contract that includes $60 million guaranteed and set to make base salaries of $16.2 million and $18.6 million over the final two years of the agreement when the Panthers cut him this offseason.
The Patriots later signed Newton to a one-year deal back in June. He’ll be an unrestricted free agent in 2021.
In 2020, Newton has appeared in three games for the Patriots and completed 68.1 percent of his passes for 714 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. He also rushed for 149 yards and four touchdowns.
We’ll have more on Newton and the Patriots as the news is available.