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Cam Newton practices at New England Patriots minicamp after hand injury during OTAs

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Ten days after suffering a minor injury to his right throwing hand, New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton participated in practice as the team opened mandatory minicamp in Foxborough.

Newton had not been present at last Thursday's practice when reporters were present, but he returned the following day. The hand apparently responded well.

"He practiced last week. I'd expect him this week too," Belichick said Monday before the team took to the practice field.

Newton has been taking top repetitions in spring practices, with Belichick having previously declared him the team's quarterback.