Patriots again, day after fifth participant examined optimistic

Patriots back, day after 5th player tested positive

The New England Patriots went again to work Saturday, in the future after a fifth participant on the crew examined optimistic for COVID-19 and in the future earlier than their twice-postponed sport towards the Denver Broncos.

A Patriots spokesman mentioned the crew would proceed with its walkthrough, however all conferences can be digital. The sport towards the Broncos, initially scheduled for Oct. 11 after which pushed again in the future, was rescheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m. after a fourth optimistic take a look at.

The Patriots canceled follow Friday and later positioned middle James Ferentz on the reserve/COVID-19 listing.

Elsewhere, the Jacksonville Jaguars mentioned Saturday {that a} follow squad participant examined optimistic for the coronavirus. The preliminary outcome was confirmed by a second take a look at Friday night. The participant was quarantined, and the crew is reviewing contact tracing information to find out what additional precautions have to be taken.

The Jaguars (1-4) host Detroit (1-3) on Sunday and plan to play as scheduled.

Jacksonville determined to carry soccer actions remotely Saturday as a part of NFL protocols. It may benefit the crew that it usually separates follow squad gamers from guys on the 53-man roster, creating an additional stage of safety to assist forestall an outbreak.

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The Jaguars are the fourth NFL crew to take care of COVID points in current days, becoming a member of Atlanta, Indianapolis and New England.

The Colts had 4 optimistic assessments that got here up damaging upon retesting. The Falcons returned to their facility in the future after abandoning it due to a second optimistic.

New England already had the Week 5 matchup towards Denver postponed following 4 earlier optimistic coronavirus assessments by gamers, together with quarterback Cam Newton and cornerback Stephon Gilmore.

Gilmore, the reigning Defensive Participant of the Yr, and Newton returned to follow this week for the primary time since testing optimistic for the virus. Newton missed New England’s loss at Kansas Metropolis on Oct. 5 after his Oct. 2 optimistic take a look at. He was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 listing on Wednesday. Gilmore, who examined optimistic on Oct. 7, was activated from the listing Thursday. Follow squad participant Invoice Murray additionally returned from the COVID-19 listing Thursday.

Defensive deal with Byron Cowart, who examined optimistic on Oct. 11, was joined on the listing by Ferentz.

The Broncos haven’t performed since Oct. 1. In the event that they play Sunday, they’ll have had 16 days between video games, in the future longer than Tennessee’s layoff earlier than the Titans beat Buffalo on Tuesday evening following the NFL’s first COVID-19 outbreak, which affected two dozen members of the group.

Denver’s layoff is the longest within the league since 2001, when the NFL postponed all video games on the weekend following the 9/11 terrorist assaults. Three groups — the Saints, Steelers and Buccaneers — had byes when play resumed every week later, so all of them had 20 days between video games that 12 months. Of these three, solely the Steelers gained of their return to motion.

Indianapolis closed its follow facility, then the 4 retests got here again damaging and the constructing reopened.

The Browns, who performed the Colts on Sunday, had zero optimistic assessments Friday morning and their constructing was open. The negatives included one for star huge receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who was sick and despatched residence Thursday and never allowed to follow Friday.

Atlanta resumed in-person work below extra stringent security measures. The Falcons play at Minnesota on Sunday.

Falcons rookie defensive deal with Marlon Davidson was positioned on the reserve/COVID-19 listing Tuesday and a second individual, who isn’t a participant, subsequently examined optimistic.

The Panthers positioned guard/middle Tyler Larsen on the reserve/COVID-19 listing 5 days after he performed towards Atlanta.

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