Is COVID-19 still at the root of Cam Newton’s difficulties?
New England Patriots QB Cam Newton has not looked the same since returning from the coronavirus. Is this the root cause?
That night, Newton scored 30 of 44 for 397 yards, adding 47 rushing yards and mixing up plenty of deadly and accurate strikes, proving he was more than the goalie he appeared to be in week one. very next week, Newton regressed a bit, but did more than enough to secure a 36-20 victory over the Raiders.
Between that contest and the Pats’ Week 4 battle with the Chiefs, news broke that Newton had tested positive for the coronavirus, upsetting the team’s schedule and interrupting training several times as a slow net of positives disturbed the rest of the list.
Newton has now returned, but his struggles have not ended. And so it seems fair to ask: although his case is apparently asymptomatic, is Newton physically and mentally affected by COVID-19?
Two full weeks of isolation in the middle of an NFL season would be detrimental to anyone, especially a team manager. The mental aspect of being oddly out of touch with the rest of your roster, in the midst of a team wave, isn’t the sort of thing an NFL QB would never have had to deal with before.
And then, of course, it’s fair to question the physical side of things too. Even though Newton’s case was theoretically asymptomatic, that did not prevent him from suffering from the after-effects of the disease. He might feel fogged up or not quite himself. He might be tired or have trouble catching his breath.
As some of us have spent several months pointing out, just because a young, healthy person is “recovering” from COVID-19 doesn’t mean the impact of the disease is over. We don’t know what Newton is fighting against on a daily basis, but we do knows he is coming back from an unprecedented circumstance. It just needs to be factored into the talk about why he downgraded.
If his battle with the coronavirus affects him, Newton will never admit it or use it as an excuse. Same thing with the reported a “hand injury” which may or may not have been spotted during the Broncos game in Week 6.
But Newton does not struggle under normal circumstances. He looks completely different since being diagnosed with a mysterious disease that American audiences have only scratched the surface of.
At the very least, this possible context is necessary to assess Newton’s two recent games.