Cam Newton Experiences Injury During Patriots' Practice: Report

New England Patriots starting quarterback Cam Newton reportedly experienced an injury during the team's practice Friday (June 4) morning.

NFL Network's Michael Giardi reports Newton "appeared to hit his right hand on a helmet and spent considerable time with trainer Jim Whelan," as well as "one of the team doctors," after experiencing the reported injury.

"Cam Newton appeared to hit his right hand on a helmet and spent considerable time with trainer Jim Whelan and one of the team doctors," Giardi tweeted. "OC Josh McDaniels checked in on Newton before continuing to work with the other 3 QBs. Newton watched the remainder of [practice.]"

Giardi said Newton showed his hand to several Patriots teammates before taking a knee and watching the other three quarterbacks participate in 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills.

Last month, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick addressed the team's quarterback competition following the selection of former Alabama quarterback Mac Jones at No. 15 overall in the 2021 NFL Draft, reaffirming his stance that Newton would remain the team's starter heading into training camp and would remain so until Jones or third-year quarterback Jarrett Stidham were "ready to challenge and compete."

New England also re-signed veteran backup Brian Hoyer last month, who is expected to compete with Stidham for third on the depth chart.

"Cam Newton's our quarterback," Belichick said during the Patriots' draft press conference in April. "Whatever time Jarrett or Mac are ready to challenge and compete, we'll see how that goes. But right now for Mac, he's just got a lot of learning in front of him. I know he's very anxious to get going and get started on it."

In March, the Patriots re-signed Newton, despite a disappointing first season with the franchise. The former NFL MVP threw for 2,657 yards, eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions, while going 7-8 as a starter in 15 games.

Newton and the Patriots agreed to a one-year contract "worth up to $13.6 million," sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The Patriots finished the 2020 season with a 7-9 overall record, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

Jones led Alabama to a College Football National Championship and was third in the Heisman voting behind teammate DeVonta Smith and Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence during his lone season as Alabama's full-time starting quarterback.

Jones threw for 4,500 yards, 41 touchdowns and four interceptions on 311 of 402 passing -- while also recording one rushing touchdown -- while leading the Crimson Tide to a 13-0 record in 2020.

Jones also made four starts in the absence of Tua Tagovailoa following a season-ending injury in 2019.

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