When the kickoff happens on Monday at Gillette Stadium, the Patriots will have a handful of options at quarterback. As of Saturday, however, it’s still unknown which direction they’ll go or who will start under center against the Denver Broncos.

On Saturday, Cam Newton wasn’t at the Patriots’ only practice of the week. The quarterback is still on the NFL’s COVID-19/reserve list since testing positive on Oct. 2. The same went for Stephon Gilmore, who tested positive last Wednesday. The situation with Gilmore is different because the Patriots’ cornerback depth chart is fairly obvious with J.C. Jackson, Jason McCourty and Jonathan Jones.

At quarterback, however, all bets are off.

Although Newton still isn’t back, it’s possible that he could play Monday. If he’s asymptomatic, he’s eligible to return after he produces two negative results in two days, 24 hours apart. If he tests negative on Saturday and Sunday, he would need medical approval to play Monday. When asked about that scenario, coach Bill Belichick said he wouldn’t comment.

“I’m not getting into a bunch of hypotheticals,” Belichick said. “I just told you that. We’re taking it day by day. Hour by hour.”

The same motto applied for his quarterback position. At this point, we don’t know if Jarrett Stidham or Brian Hoyer would start if Newton can’t play. Last week, Hoyer was pulled from the Patriots’ 26-10 loss in Kansas City after throwing for 130 yards with an interception. Stidham took over at the end of the third quarter and threw for 60 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions.

When asked whom he’s planning to start at quarterback, Belichick responded, “We’re taking it day by day. Today is Saturday morning.”

When asked if his depth chart still went Newton-Hoyer-Stidham, Belichick simply said, “Day by day.”

Since the media can’t watch a full practice, it’s unknown how the Patriots split up the quarterback reps between Hoyer, Stidham and Jake Dolegala, who’s on the practice squad. This week creates for a difficult situation for the Patriots. It would be one thing if they went to play Denver with Newton at quarterback after having only one practice. It’s another thing to hold one real practice while trying to get your backup ready.

Last week, Gilmore became the third Patriots player to test positive for COVID-19. Practice squad defensive tackle Bill Murray tested positive on Tuesday. The two positive results forced the NFL to move the Patriots-Broncos game from Sunday to Monday. The Patriots shut down the facility and canceled their scheduled practices on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. They practiced on Saturday and planned on a walk-through for Sunday.

Leading up to the weekend, the Patriots held virtual meetings. Players did their best to game plan by the use of video. Coaches also used diagrams to teach. On Saturday, players said that it was difficult to not be allowed inside Gillette Stadium to get medical treatment. Instead, players stretched at home, ran outside and some even went to empty parks to get some sprints in.

“A lot of meetings online, but you can stretch, foam roll, get some running in, conditioning in at local parks. Just do what you can with what you have,” said lineman Joe Thuney. “Obviously, the facility was shut down. Just do what you can and try to make the most of it.”

Thuney said that he credited his offensive teammates for being focused this week despite the difficulties. This isn’t an ideal situation for a team that’s coming off a loss where they scored 10 points. A Patriots offense without Newton absolutely needs practice. However, as running back Damien Harris said, the team is happy that Belichick prioritized player and team health over anything.

As it pertains to the offense, time will tell if they’re ready for the Broncos.

“Under the circumstances that have been in place, I think that we’re doing everything that we can in order to get ready for this game,” Harris said. “We can’t control the COVID situation, when the stadium, when the facilities are going to be closed, when we’re going to get on the field. Those are the things that are far beyond our control. So, like I said, with all the circumstances that are in place, we just got to do whatever we can to prepare for this game.”