FOXBORO (CBS) – Patriots quarterback Cam Newton’s absence due to a hand injury may be short-lived.

Newton missed most of the team’s final week of voluntary practices after injuring his throwing hand during an earlier OTA session.

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Providing a rare injury update on Friday, Bill Belichick said Newton was “getting better” and “doing alright.”

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According to Mike Reiss of ESPN, Newton was actually back at Friday’s OTA session, and “threw the ball around a bit.”

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Reiss reported it “wouldn’t be a surprise” if Newton is back on the field this week as the team reports for mandatory minicamp.

CBSBoston.com Staff