Newton won’t be available for the contest – which the NFL is working to reschedule for Monday or Tuesday – after testing positive for COVID-19.
Hoyer served as Newton’s backup for the first three games of the season, while Stidham was inactive. He has 38 career starts, but none for the Patriots. The 34-year-old owns a 16-22 record as a starter.
In 69 career appearances, Hoyer has completed 59.1% of his throws and posted a passer rating of 82.5.
Stidham, a fourth-round pick in 2019, was touted as the likely successor to Tom Brady for most of the offseason until Newton signed a one-year deal in July.