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Bill Belichick refuses to name QB starter in typical fashion

The New England Patriots have a starting quarterback, who is positive for COVID-19, and a backup quarterback controversy. It all adds up to a difficult decision as Bill Belichick picks the starter for Week 5.

Quarterback Cam Newton has not practiced with the team since he tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 3. He could be eligible to play in the Patriots’ Monday night matchup against the Denver Broncos, if he has remained asymptomatic, which he was, as of Monday. But if he has since developed symptoms or the Patriots want to give Newton more time away from the team or they simply don’t want to start him without giving him a chance to practicem, New England will have to pick between Brian Hoyer and Jarrett Stidham, who each had major issues in Week 4 against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Belichick said Newton will not practice on Saturday, even though

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