NFL postpones Broncos-Patriots game indefinitely
The NFL has postponed the Denver-New England game indefinitely due to another positive coronavirus test with the Patriots
The game originally planned for Sunday had been postponed to Monday evening.
A person familiar with the situation says the Patriots closed their facility after testing positive, while the Tennessee Titans announced they closed their facility on Sunday morning after an employee tested positive.
The latest result also jeopardizes the Titans' game with Buffalo (4-0), which is scheduled for Tuesday evening after Sunday's change. Six games have already been postponed as the league is in the fifth week of the schedule.
In addition to the Games for Week 5, a person with direct knowledge of the proposed changes to the master plan for the NFL tells The Associated Press that the Los Angeles Chargers will see the brunt of the changes due to the Broncos Patriots postponement on Monday. Five of the next six planned weeks in Los Angeles will change.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity as the changes were not made public.
Chargers are now saying goodbye after playing New Orleans on Monday night rather than facing the jets next Sunday. They will then host the Jaguars in week 7, followed by a street game against the Broncos. Los Angeles then welcomes the Raiders on November 8th - the only game left in its scheduled place - followed by a street game against Miami and the alignment of the Jets.
The original order of the Chargers games was the alignment of the Jets with the Dolphins, home of the Jaguars and Raiders, a bye week and with the Broncos.
There were no other positive COVID-19 tests on Sunday.
The NFL has postponed the game in New England for a second straight week after reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year, Stephon Gilmore, tested positive. That latest positive result brings the outbreak to four, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity as none of the teams released the latest results.
Bronco coach Vic Fangio, in a memorable portrayal of the league outbreaks on a Zoom call out, noted that what happens to the Titans and Patriots could happen to anyone.
"But my message to them and to anyone is that we were uncomfortable with it," he said, "but it could very easily have been turned back to where we got the positive tests and the patriots were bothered by it. So I am. " glad the positive tests weren't in our building.
"But I have no illusions that at some point we will get a test or two positive and that it could be the cause of a game being moved down the road." So we're all together, it's the entire league.
"And in a weird way, I'm glad some of these things are happening because you see who the complainers are ... and who can't handle adversity. And I'll do my best to keep the Denver Broncos from falling into one of those categories . "
Fangio added that the NFL is considering several scenarios in which the Broncos will play against New England.
The Titans last played on September 27th due to an eruption that has now hit 24. They already had a game with Pittsburgh that was first postponed and then postponed to October 25th. They sent a statement stating that they had learned that an employee tested positive.
"We have temporarily closed our facility and will be in touch with the league as we take next steps," said the Titans.
The bears also had a problem when they moved offensive lineman Badara Traore from their training team to the reserve / COVID-19 list on Saturday.
The Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill addressed the uncertainty of the situation on Saturday.
"It sure was a roller coaster," he said. "In any case, the fact that we had men with no symptoms who tested positive and we had people with full-blown symptoms who tested negative for several days in a row was really eye opening. Just the fact that we really don't know .
“So we have to treat everyone as if they had the virus. Unfortunately, from everything we've been through in the past week and a half, we've probably lost confidence in the test system. However, we have said from the start that tests do not prevent the spread of the virus, but that we behave that way with all protocols and also outside the building. "
AP Pro football writer Arnie Stapleton and sports writer Joe Reedy contributed to this.
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