An­other pos­i­tive test for Pa­tri­ots

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The Pa­tri­ots can­celed prac­tice Fri­day af­ter a mem­ber of the or­ga­ni­za­tion tested pos­i­tive for COVID-19, a per­son fa­mil­iar with the de­ci­sion told AP.

The per­son, speak­ing on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause the team and the NFL did not an­nounce the pos­i­tive test, did not re­veal if it in­volved a player or a coach.

The Pa­tri­ots (2-2) al­ready twice had the orig­i­nal Week 5 matchup against the Bron­cos post­poned fol­low­ing four pos­i­tive coro­n­avirus tests by play­ers, in­clud­ing quar­ter­back Cam New­ton and cor­ner­back Stephon Gil­more. The game is sched­uled for Sun­day in Foxbor­ough, Mass., but now could be in jeop­ardy.

“I don’t re­ally know the an­swer,” Bron­cos coach Vic Fan­gio said when asked about fi­nally play­ing the Pa­tri­ots. “We’re un­der the as­sump­tion and un­der­stand­ing that this game’s go­ing to go off on time.”

New­ton and Gil­more, the reign­ing De­fen­sive Player of the Year, re­turned to prac­tice this week for the first time since test­ing pos­i­tive for the coro­n­avirus. New­ton missed the Pa­tri­ots loss in Kansas City af­ter his Oct. 2 pos­i­tive test. He was ac­ti­vated from the re­serve/ COVID-19 list on Wed­nes­day. Gil­more was ac­ti­vated from the list Thurs­day, fol­low­ing his Oct. 7 pos­i­tive test.

New­ton and Gil­more par­tic­i­pated in Thurs­day’s prac­tice and ap­peared to be on track to play against the Bron­cos on Sun­day. Asked on Fri­day how New­ton looked in his first prac­tice back, of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Josh McDaniels said the 2015 NFL MVP looked “nor­mal, nor­mal.”

Ear­lier Fri­day, the Colts closed their prac­tice fa­cil­ity af­ter “sev­eral in­di­vid­u­als” tested pos­i­tive for COVID-19, then the retests came back neg­a­tive and the build­ing re­opened.

“Ear­lier this morn­ing, we were in­formed that four in­di­vid­u­als within the or­ga­ni­za­tion tested pos­i­tive for COVID-19,” the team said in a late-morn­ing state­ment. “The four pos­i­tive sam­ples were retested and have been con­firmed neg­a­tive.”


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