BOSTON (CBS) — Patriots quarterback Cam Newton did not finished Friday’s OTA session in Foxboro after suffering a slight bone bruise in right hand. The injury is not considered serious, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, but it will likely keep Newton out of practice until training camp begins in late July.
The Patriots have four more practices remaining during OTAs, which run through next week, plus a three-day minicamp scheduled for mid-July.
Newton suffered the injury halfway through Friday’s session, hitting his hand during a drill that simulated defensive pressure. He was looked at by the team’s trainer and doctor, and Newton was spotted flexing his hand on the sideline. Patriots owner Robert Kraft even went over to Newton to check on the QB.
#Patriots QB Cam Newton suffered a slight bone bruise today at practice, banging his hand on a helmet, source said. Not considered major at all, but since it’s the Spring, we may not see much more of him until training camp.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 4, 2021
Newton was also spotted chatting — and laughing — with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels after the injury. Though it doesn’t appear to be a major injury, it’s always concerning when a quarterback hurts their throwing hand. Newton remained on the field after being sidelined, but did not throw another pass after suffering the injury.
Newton could be seen comparing both hands, occasionally pronating his right wrist. The apparent injury occurred during a drill in which the QB’s were facing simulated pressure from coaches that included hand-held pads. https://t.co/y5Wekq4Fn3
— Bob Socci (@BobSocci) June 4, 2021
Cam Newton injured his right hand in the middle of practice and didn’t finish the workout. Mac Jones and Jarrett Stidham rotated the No. 1 reps over the final three periods, with Stidham taking over for the last two.
— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) June 4, 2021
As The Athletic’s Jeff Howe pointed out, rookie Mac Jones and Jarrett Stidham took over the No. 1 reps after Newton’s departure on Friday. Here’s how each of the quarterbacks fared in Friday’s drills:
Newton: 2/3 (sack)
Jones: 3/5 (sack, two tips including a dropped INT by Van Noy)
Stidham: 9/10 (only INC was a drop)
— Mark Daniels (@MarkDanielsPJ) June 4, 2021
The Patriots drafted Jones with the 15th overall pick in April, but head coach Bill Belichick said after making that selection that Newton is the team’s starting quarterback.