Patriots Fined for Covid-19 Violations
According to an ESPN report, the Patriots were fined 350k for COVID-19 protocol violations that were connected to the positive coronavirus tests of QB Cam Newton and other Pats players back in October.
Cam tested positive a couple of days before he was slated to start their 4th game of the season against the Chiefs. Knocking the top QB for the Pats out for a number of weeks, along with their star defensive cornerback Stephon Gilmore, who tested positive following the Chiefs game. Losing top players on each side of the ball certainly contributed to the Patriots losing 4 straight games following the positive tests.
Other teams fined this season includes the Saints (2nd offence), Raiders, Steelers, and Titans. In addition to a fine some teams will also lose a draft pick. As COVID-19 is running rampant through the league, the Broncos and Ravens are among teams currently under investigation for COVID-19 protocol violations.
Yesterday the Patriots pulled out a win with a field goal by Nick Folk with time running off the clock. The Pats were lucky to pull out the 20-17 win over the Arizona Cardinals at Gillette Stadium. Cam Newton had one his worst games of the season with half of his 19 passes going incomplete for a total of only 84 yards in the air. He was also picked off twice.
The Patriots hope to get back to a 500 record on Sunday when they travel to sunny California to take on the 3-8 Chargers. Rumors are circulating that the team may spend the following week on the west coast following the Chargers game. Next up after the Chargers is a game against the Rams in LA.
You can listen to the Pats and Chargers Sunday on WNAW 1230AM and WBEC-AM 1420 beginning with the pre-game show at 2:30 and the kickoff at 3:30.
The remainder of the Patriots 2020 season…
Week 13: @ Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Dec. 6, 4:25 p.m.
Week 14: @ Los Angeles Rams, Thursday, Dec. 10, 8:20 p.m.
Week 15: @ Miami, Sunday, Dec. 20, 1 p.m.
Week 16: vs. Buffalo, Monday, Dec. 28, 8:15 p.m.
Week 17: vs. New York Jets, Sunday, Jan. 3, 1 p.m.