New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton appeared to suffer a hand injury which halted his practice participation on Friday at organized team activities.
Newton, last year’s starter, came away from a competitive 11-on-11 session shaking and holding his right hand. He checked with trainers multiple times, at one point wandering back to the quarterbacks who were participating in drills. But he never returned to participate in the session.
That left rookie quarterback Mac Jones to lead the first round of competitive drills. After Newton’s departure, Jones completed 7 of 9 passes, with all his completions being check-downs and one of his incompletions being a near-interception from linebacker Kyle Van Noy. Quarterback Jarrett Stidham was 13 of 14 during his time in competitive drills. None of the quarterbacks, including Brian Hoyer, were able to push the ball past 15 yards downfield.
He finished the 2020 season with a 65.8 completion percentage, eight touchdown passes, 10 interceptions and 2,657 passing yards in 15 games. Newton also added 12 rushing touchdowns and 598 rushing yards. He contracted COVID-19 during the season, which led to him missing a game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Newton spent 2020 on a one-year deal before re-sign with the Patriots in March on another one-year deal for 2021. They drafted Jones in the first round in April and re-signed Hoyer in May to compete with Newton and Stidham.