Patriots place 3 extra on COVID-IR however Broncos recreation nonetheless on

Patriots place 3 more on COVID-IR but Broncos game still on

The New England Patriots went again to work Saturday in preparation for his or her twice-postponed recreation in opposition to Denver whilst they added three extra gamers to the COVID-19 harm checklist.

Offensive lineman Shaquille Mason and defensive lineman Derek Rivers have been added to the checklist on Saturday, as was working again Sony Michel, who was already on injured reserve with a leg harm. The strikes come a day after heart James Ferentz was added to the COVID-19 checklist, prompting the crew to cancel apply Friday and shut its facility.

A Patriots spokesman mentioned Saturday the crew was continuing with its traditional day-before walkthrough, however all conferences can be digital. The sport in opposition to the Broncos was initially scheduled for Oct. 11, then pushed again in the future after which rescheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m. after a fourth Patriot examined constructive for the coronavirus.

The Broncos had COVID-19 information of their very own Saturday: Operating backs coach Curtis Modkins has examined constructive and received’t make the journey to New England. He’s in isolation and has no signs.

Elsewhere, the Jacksonville Jaguars mentioned {that a} practice-squad participant examined constructive. The crew positioned 12 gamers on the apply squad COVID-19 checklist, 11 of them as a result of they’ve been in shut proximity with the contaminated teammate.

It benefited Jacksonville that it separates practice-squad gamers from these on the 53-man roster, creating an additional stage of safety to assist forestall an outbreak.

The Jaguars additionally positioned defensive finish Josh Mauro on the common COVID-19 checklist. He had been suspended the primary 5 weeks of the common season however rejoined the crew Monday and spent the week with the apply squad.

These on the checklist will want three unfavourable checks to be eliminated. The Jaguars (1-4) are assured they are going to host Detroit (1-3) on Sunday as scheduled, despite the fact that they held soccer actions remotely Saturday as a part of NFL security protocols.

Additionally coping with COVID points in latest days: Atlanta, Indianapolis, Carolina and Baltimore.

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

New England already had the Week 5 matchup in opposition to Denver postponed following 4 earlier constructive coronavirus checks by gamers, together with quarterback Cam Newton and cornerback Stephon Gilmore.

Gilmore, the reigning Defensive Participant of the 12 months, and Newton returned to apply this week for the primary time since testing constructive. Newton missed New England’s loss at Kansas Metropolis on Oct. 5 after his Oct. 2 constructive check. He was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 checklist on Wednesday. Gilmore, who examined constructive Oct. 7, was activated from the checklist Thursday. Follow-squad participant Invoice Murray additionally returned from the COVID-19 checklist Thursday.

Defensive sort out Byron Cowart, who examined constructive Oct. 11, was joined on the checklist 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 night time following the NFL’s first COVID-19 outbreak, which affected two dozen members of the group.

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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 per week later, so all of them had 20 days between video games that yr. Of these three, solely the Steelers received of their return to motion.

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

Browns star receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who was ailing and despatched dwelling Thursday and never allowed to apply Friday, had his second unfavourable check in 24 hours. That cleared him to play Sunday at Pittsburgh.

The Ravens positioned defensive sort out Brandon Williams — a key determine in Baltimore’s run protection — on the reserve/COVID-19 checklist. The crew isn’t saying if he examined constructive or got here in shut contact with somebody contaminated.

The Falcons left as scheduled in two planes for Sunday’s recreation at Minnesota. The crew mentioned defensive finish John Cominsky was positioned on the reserve/COVID-19 checklist and line of defense coaches Tosh Lupoi and Jess Simpson didn’t make the journey.

The Falcons have moved Edmond Robinson and defensive sort out Chris Slayton from the apply squad to the energetic roster as COVID-19 replacements.

Earlier this week, the crew positioned rookie defensive sort out Marlon Davidson on the reserve/COVID-19 checklist. The Falcons needed to shut their facility Thursday however reopened Friday after one nonplayer examined constructive.

The Panthers positioned guard/heart Tyler Larsen on the reserve/COVID-19 checklist 5 days after he performed in opposition to Atlanta.

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