The Patriots Canceled Friday's Practice Because of Another COVID-19 Positive Test

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The New England Patriots placed center James Ferentz on COVID-19 reserve Friday, but the move isn't expected to affect Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos.

The Patriots have already lost their bye week, moving it from Week 6 to Week 5 to accommodate the Broncos game. Modkins was isolating at his home and was asymptomatic, according to the team.

On Saturday, the Broncos announced that running backs coach Curtis Modkins tested positive for the coronavirus and will not travel with the team for Sunday's game against the New England Patriots.

Quarterback Cam Newton and cornerback Stephon Gilmore participated in the Patriots' practice Thursday after being activated from the covid-19 reserve list.

"The health and safety of our players, coaches and staff, as well as their families, is our top priority", the Jaguars said in a written statement Saturday morning. Ferentz tested positive Friday, resulting in Bill Belichick's decision to cancel practice. "We will take all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of our team, opponents and community". It could benefit the team that it typically separates practice squad players from guys on the 53-man roster, creating an extra level of protection to help prevent an outbreak.

The Jaguars are the fourth National Football League team to deal with COVID issues in recent days, joining Atlanta, Indianapolis and New England.

I was briefly encouraged this morning when Bullets featured nuggets about the Falcons and Colts returning to their respective facilities after their recent battles with COVID-19 cases. He was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list on Wednesday. Gilmore confirmed two days after that game that he had tested positive. Teams also have the option to elevate players as specific COVID-19 replacements for players who land on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Atlanta Falcons defensive end John Cominsky, Baltimore defensive tackle Brandon Williams and Jacksonville defensive end Josh Mauro were put onto the list, which means either a positive test or close contact with someone who has tested positive.

The Broncos haven't played since October 1. So if they play Sunday, they'll have had 16 days between games, one day longer than Tennessee's layoff before the Titans beat Buffalo on Tuesday night following the NFL's first COVID-19 outbreak, which affected two dozen members of the organization.

The Broncos' layoff is the longest in the league since 2001, when the NFL postponed all games the weekend following the 9-11 terrorist attacks.

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