The New England Patriots canceled apply Friday after a member of the group examined optimistic for COVID-19, an individual aware of the choice informed The Related Press.
The individual, talking on situation of anonymity as a result of the group and the NFL didn’t announce the optimistic take a look at, didn’t reveal if it concerned a participant or a coach.
New England (2-2) already twice had the unique Week 5 matchup towards Denver postponed following 4 optimistic coronavirus assessments by gamers, together with quarterback Cam Newton and cornerback Stephon Gilmore. The sport is scheduled for Sunday in Foxborough, Mass., however now could possibly be in jeopardy.
Newton and Gilmore, the reigning Defensive Participant of the 12 months, returned to apply this week for the primary time since testing optimistic for the coronavirus. Newton missed New England’s loss at Kansas Metropolis after his Oct. 2 optimistic take a look at. He was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 checklist on Wednesday. Gilmore was activated from the checklist Thursday, following his Oct. 7 optimistic take a look at. Follow squad participant Invoice Murray additionally returned from the COVID checklist Thursday.
Reporting with @FieldYates: The Patriots will probably be canceling their Friday apply after a optimistic COVID-19 take a look at, per a supply. There’s additionally a second take a look at they’re awaiting to verify is a optimistic.
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) October 16, 2020
Defensive deal with Byron Cowart was the one Patriots participant presently nonetheless on the checklist after testing optimistic on Oct. 11.
Newton and Gilmore participated in Thursday’s apply and seemed to be on monitor to play towards the Broncos on Sunday. Requested on Friday how Newton appeared in his first apply again, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels stated the 2015 NFL MVP appeared “regular, regular.”
“It’s good to have him again,” McDaniels stated.
The Broncos (1-3) haven’t performed since Oct. 1. So in the event that they play Sunday, they’ll have had 16 days between video games, at some point 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.
The Patriots haven’t performed since Oct. 5, once they misplaced at Kansas Metropolis, so their layoff is a dozen days if the sport is performed Sunday.
The Broncos’ layoff is the longest within the league since 2001, when the NFL postponed all video games the weekend following the 9/11 terrorist assaults. Three groups — Saints, Steelers, Buccaneers — had byes when play resumed every week later, so all of them had 20 days between video games that yr.
Of these three groups, solely the Steelers gained of their return to motion.
Earlier Friday, the Indianapolis Colts closed their apply facility after “a number of people” examined optimistic for COVID-19, then the retests got here again unfavorable and the constructing reopened.
“Earlier this morning, we have been knowledgeable that 4 people inside the group examined optimistic for COVID-19,” the group stated in a late-morning assertion. “The 4 optimistic samples have been retested and have been confirmed unfavorable.
“After session with the NFL and chief medical officer Dr. Allen Sills, the group will open the apply facility this afternoon beneath the league’s intensive protocol and can proceed preparation for Sunday’s recreation towards Cincinnati.”
In different NFL coronavirus developments:
— The Cleveland Browns, who performed the Colts on Sunday, had zero optimistic assessments Friday morning and their constructing is open. The negatives included one for star large receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who was ailing and despatched house Thursday.
— The Atlanta Falcons on Friday resumed in-person work at their facility beneath extra stringent security measures. The group had closed the constructing Thursday following a second optimistic take a look at for COVID-19.
“Simply with the intensive laws, the masks protocol is in excessive impact,” interim head coach Raheem Morris stated. “We have now to do a few of these totally different kind of offers. Masks on the sphere, participant separation on the sphere. The in-person conferences solely in two areas: The group assembly room and the indoor facility. All of these issues we needed to implement.
“Coaches conferences all digital or in a kind of two services as effectively. Simply taking final precaution in these occasions of uncertainty, particularly whenever you’re speaking in regards to the COVID. Every thing coping with the illness and the COVID and what we’ve acquired to take care of I’ll comply with to the very best and shield the group in any respect prices, even when it means shutting down a apply like yesterday.”
The Falcons are beneath the NFL’s supplemental intensive protocols as they regroup for Sunday’s recreation at Minnesota.
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Rookie defensive deal with Marlon Davidson was positioned on the COVID-19/reserve checklist Tuesday and the second individual, who shouldn’t be a participant, subsequently examined optimistic.
The extra protocols the Falcons should comply with embody each day testing and masks worn always. Conferences have to be held nearly or outdoor or in a big indoor room with 6-foot social distancing.
— The Tennessee Titans performed Tuesday following a 16-day layoff due to an outbreak.
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