NFL moves Patriots / Broncos game to Monday night amid COVID-19 cases

For the second straight week, the New England Patriots have postponed their scheduled Sunday afternoon game to Monday night as the team deals with multiple positive cases of the coronavirus. The teams were informed of the decision to postpone the game through the National Football League late on Thursday afternoon. The game is now set to begin Monday at 5 p.m. in Foxborough and will be broadcast nationwide on ESPN and on television in Boston. Last week, it was Cam Newton who tested positive two days before the match against Kansas City and was forced to sit out. This week the Patriots establishment was closed for most of the week after reigning Defensive Player of the Year Stephon Gilmore joined Newton on the Reserve / COVID-19 list along with Bill Murray. The team’s practice facility at Foxborough has remained closed since Newton’s case was first revealed on Saturday, forcing the Patriots to change their prep for this week’s matchup. Denver holds virtual meetings and film studies. “I think we knew at the beginning of the season that there would be challenges and there were,” said Patriot coach Bill Belichick. “We are determined to work through them and that is exactly what we are doing.” Broncos manager Vic Fangio said Thursday he hadn’t heard about the game being set back and preferred to stick to Sunday, with both Newton and Gilmore remaining unclear for Sunday, despite Gilmore in a post on Twitter said he had no symptoms until Wednesday. When Newton isn’t playing, the Patriots will have to choose between backups Brian Hoyer and Jarrett Stidham. Both fought the Chiefs. Hoyer was pulled after an interception and fiddling in late third quarter. Stidham threw a touchdown pass, but also had two interceptions. Belichick was not committed to who could start if Newton is not available. “We’ll see how it goes,” said Belichick. “We’ll make a decision after we get more information on all of these guys, starting with Cam.” The Bills Titans game has been postponed from Sunday to Tuesday evening as long as Tennessee runs out of positive tests for COVID-19, meanwhile, the Titans outbreak rose to Thursday 23rd, with MyCole Pruitt and a defensive back of the training team going up on Thursday afternoon the reserve / COVID-19 list has been set. The Titans facility will remain closed and the team will not be allowed to conduct personal activities. An NFL and players’ association investigation into how Tennessee became the league’s first COVID-19 outbreak may reveal “several specific incidents” involving the Titans.Tennessee was also told that the players were not in a private school training session a day before several Titans attended the establishment of the club could meet for personal activities elsewhere. Associated Press information was used in this report.

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For the second straight week, the New England Patriots have postponed their scheduled Sunday afternoon game to Monday night as the team deals with multiple positive cases of the coronavirus.

The teams were informed of the National Football League’s decision to postpone the game late Thursday afternoon.

The game is now set to begin Monday at 5 p.m. in Foxborough and will be broadcast nationwide on ESPN and on television in Boston.

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Last week, it was Cam Newton who tested positive two days before the match against Kansas City and was forced to sit out.

This week, the Patriots facility was closed for most of the week after reigning Defensive Player of the Year Stephon Gilmore joined Newton on the Reserve / COVID-19 list along with Bill Murray, the training team player.

The team’s training facility at Foxborough has remained closed since Newton’s case was first revealed on Saturday. This forced the Patriots to change their prep for this week’s matchup with Denver and hold virtual meetings and film studies.

“I think we knew at the beginning of the season that there would be challenges and there were,” said Patriot coach Bill Belichick. “We are determined to work through them and that is exactly what we are doing.”

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Bronco’s manager Vic Fangio said Thursday that he hadn’t heard of the game’s withdrawal and that he would prefer to stay on Sunday.

Newton and Gilmore’s status for Sunday remains unclear, although Gilmore said in a post on Twitter that he had no symptoms as of Wednesday.

When Newton isn’t playing, the Patriots will have to choose between backups Brian Hoyer and Jarrett Stidham. Both fought the Chiefs. Hoyer was pulled after an interception and fiddling in late third quarter. Stidham threw a touchdown pass, but also had two interceptions.

Belichick was not committed to who could start if Newton is not available.

“We’ll see how it goes,” said Belichick. “We’ll make a decision after we get more information on all of these guys, starting with Cam.”

The Bills-Titans game has been postponed from Sunday to Tuesday while Tennessee has run out of positive tests for COVID-19 in the meantime.

The Titan’s outbreak rose to 23 Thursday with MyCole Pruitt and a defensive back of the training team added to the reserve / COVID-19 list on Thursday afternoon. The Titans facility will remain closed and the team will not be allowed to conduct personal activities.

An NFL and players’ association investigation into how Tennessee became the league’s first COVID-19 outbreak found “several specific incidents” by the Titans, potentially violating protocols dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.

In addition, Tennessee was told that players would not be able to gather for personal activities at the club’s facility or anywhere else the day before several Titans practice at a private school.

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Associated Press information was used in this report.

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