The New England Patriots went again to work Saturday, in the future after a fifth participant examined optimistic for COVID-19 and in the future earlier than their twice-postponed recreation towards Denver.
A Patriots spokesman stated the workforce would proceed with its walkthrough, however all conferences could be digital. There was no phrase on any Saturday testing.
The Broncos had coronavirus information of their very own Saturday. Working backs coach Curtis Modkins has examined optimistic and will not make the journey to New England. He’s in isolation and has no signs.
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 cancelled apply Friday and later positioned centre James Ferentz on the reserve/COVID-19 listing.
Elsewhere, the Jacksonville Jaguars stated Saturday a practice-squad participant examined optimistic. The preliminary consequence was confirmed by a second take a look at Friday night. The participant was quarantined, and the workforce is reviewing contact tracing information to find out what additional precautions must be taken.
The Jaguars (1-4) stay set to host Detroit (1-3) on Sunday.
Jacksonville held its soccer actions remotely Saturday as a part of NFL protocols. It may gain advantage the workforce that it usually separates practice-squad gamers from these on the 53-man roster, creating an additional degree of safety to assist forestall an outbreak.
The Jaguars are the fourth NFL workforce to take care of COVID points in current days, becoming a member of Atlanta, Indianapolis and New England.
The Colts had 4 optimistic checks that got here up detrimental 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 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 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. Apply-squad participant Invoice Murray additionally returned from the COVID-19 listing Thursday.
Defensive sort out Byron Cowart, who examined optimistic on Oct. 11, was joined on the listing by Ferentz.
The Broncos have not performed since Oct. 1. In the event that they play Sunday, they will 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 September 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 gained of their return to motion.
Indianapolis closed its apply facility, then the 4 retests got here again detrimental and the constructing reopened.
The Browns, who performed the Colts on Sunday, had zero optimistic checks Friday and their their constructing was open. Star receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who was sick and despatched residence Thursday and never allowed to apply Friday, had his second detrimental take a look at in 24 hours. That clears him play Sunday at Pittsburgh
Atlanta resumed in-person work beneath extra stringent security measures. The Falcons play at Minnesota on Sunday.
Falcons rookie defensive sort out Marlon Davidson was positioned on the reserve/COVID-19 listing Tuesday and a second individual, who is just not a participant, subsequently examined optimistic.
The Panthers positioned guard/centre Tyler Larsen on the reserve/COVID-19 listing 5 days after he performed towards Atlanta.
AP Professional Soccer Writers Barry Wilner, Mark Lengthy, Arnie Stapleton and Dennis Waszak Jr., Sports activities Writers Jimmy Golen, Mike Marot, Steve Reed and George Henry and freelancer Gethin Coolbaugh contributed to this report.