Patriots quarterback Cam Newton did not practice Thursday.
“He’s doing all right,” said Patriots coach Bill Belichick before Thursday’s workout. “He won’t participate today, but he’s getting better.”
Newton suffered a right hand injury during practice last Friday. He was sidelined midway through the session, after consulting with head trainer Jim Whelan and head physician Mark Price. Newton stayed on the field, interacting with his coaches and teammates while periodically flexing his hand.
The severity of Newton’s injury is unclear, but according to a league source, post-practice tests Friday revealed no breaks in his hand.
“I think he’ll be all right, yeah,” Belichick said.
Thursday was the ninth of 10 scheduled OTAs for the Patriots. Their three-day mandatory minicamp — the final portion of the offseason workout program — begins Monday.
Training camp is expected to begin at the end of July.
With Newton sidelined, Mac Jones, Jarrett Stidham, and Brian Hoyer shared the passing duties.
Given that teams typically do not keep four quarterbacks on their 53-man rosters, Belichick was asked about Stidham’s status.
“There’s competition at every position,” he said. “Any good football player has basically the same mind-set, and that’s to go out and improve his individual performance and go out there and perform as well as he can.”
As for Jones, New England’s first-round pick in April, Belichick again kept his comments general but indicated the rookie is progressing just like the rest of the team.
“I think everybody is coming along,” he said. “There’s a lot of teaching, a lot of instruction for any player that hasn’t been in this system. There’s plenty for the ones that have, but they’re all working at it. Mac’s working at it, just like everybody else.
“There’s a lot for all these guys to learn and absorb. It just keeps piling up each day, but, as a group, they’ve worked hard and we’re making progress.”
Jim McBride contributed to this report.
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