Perhaps the New England Patriots won’t be hosting the Denver Broncos on Monday night after all. The game will now be played next Sunday on October 18 at 1 pm ET, per the NFL who rescheduled a ton of games to compensate for COVID-19 breakouts for the Patriots and Tennessee Titans.
Per an early Sunday morning report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Field Yates. The NFL has halted the Broncos’ plans to travel to New England on Sunday as the Patriots’ facility has been shut down for the third time in 10 days.
According to Schefter, the Patriots had one new positive test result, and that pushed the NFL into action.
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The Latest Information
The Patriots were originally supposed to host the Denver Broncos on Sunday. However, reigning Defensive Player of the Year Stephon Gilmore tested positive for COVID-19, which prompted the Patriots to shut down their facility on two occasions this past week.
Gilmore was asymptomatic, but intense contact tracing was said to have been done along with consistent testing to determine if any of his teammates or staff had been infected.
The Patriots players and members of the organization had been testing negative which led to the team returning to the facility to practice on Saturday.
Cam Newton’s Status
This began with Cam Newton testing positive for COVID-19 10 days ago. Like Gilmore, he too has reportedly been asymptomatic, and there were hopes he could play on Monday if he had tested negative through the past week. Newton had taken to social media to address fans and the media but hadn’t spoken in any great detail about his current status.
Media Reacts to Latest Patriots News
As should be expected, the local and national media began to react to the latest Patriots news on Sunday morning.
Be on the lookout for more specific updates on this situation. If the Patriots-Broncos game is canceled, we could be looking at some sort of extended absence for the team and even the entire NFL if the league takes measures to control the spread of the virus through its players and team staff.
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