Patriots-Broncos game postponed due to another positive COVID-19 test for New England

Liz Roscher
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The Monday game between the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos has been postponed after another Patriots player tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday.

According to Mike Klis of Denver’s 9News and Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Patriots’ facility has been closed again after a positive result was found from Saturday’s round of testing. The Pats had just returned to practice on Saturday after Stephon Gilmore’s positive test closed down their facility last week.

As of Sunday afternoon, the NFL declined to name a date and time in which the game will be played.

However ESPN reported that the game is being moved to Week 6 (though not on Monday).

The NFL’s schedule is getting more chaotic by the day. The Broncos will not play the Miami Dolphins in Week 6, and that game will be moved to another date. That’s inconvenient for Denver and what’s worse is that the Broncos are now losing their Week 8 bye due to the NFL’s rescheduling square dance.

The Broncos aren’t the reason the game is being moved, yet they’re getting the bad end of this deal because they’re losing their planned bye week and being forced to take it earlier than they anticipated.

That’s NFL life during COVID-19. Just ask the Pittsburgh Steelers.

No other positive tests on Sunday

There is a sliver of good news for the NFL on Sunday. Aside from the positives on the Patriots and Tennessee Titans, Saturday’s testing reportedly revealed no other new COVID-19 infections in the NFL.

Despite that, it’s been a rough week for the NFL as far as COVID-19 goes. Players have been breaking the NFL’s protocols and then complaining that the NFL isn’t protecting them. The NFL has been forced to threaten the forfeiture of games if teams don’t follow the protocols and take mask wearing seriously.

With a Monday game now postponed, it doesn’t seem like it’s going to get any easier from here.

The Patriots won't play the Broncos this week after another positive COVID-19 test within the organization. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
The Patriots won't play the Broncos this week after another positive COVID-19 test within the organization. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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