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Bron­cos-pats game moved to Mon­day

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EN­GLE­WOOD — The Den­ver Bron­cos’ game at New Eng­land has been moved from Sun­day to Mon­day af­ter­noon, the NFL an­nounced Thurs­day.

Kick­off at Gil­lette Sta­dium in Foxborough, Mass., will be at 3:05 p.m. MST.

Mov­ing the game be­came nec­es­sary af­ter three Pa­tri­ots play­ers, in­clud­ing quar­ter­back Cam New­ton and corner­back Stephon Gil­more, tested pos­i­tive for coro­n­avirus in re­cent days. New­ton missed last week’s game at Kansas City and the Pa­tri­ots, fol­low­ing Gil­more’s pos­i­tive test this week, can­celed all in-per­son ac­tiv­i­ties on Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day.

The Bron­cos were in­formed of the game change around 4 p.m. Thurs­day, a source said.

The Bron­cos are ex­pected to fly to the East Coast on Sun­day and the game change means one fewer day of re­cov­ery and prepa­ra­tion for their Oct. 18 home game against Mi­ami.

On Twit­ter, de­fen­sive end Shelby Har­ris said: “Why are we get­ting pun­ished when we did noth­ing wrong(?) Pats go on a bye next week and we are stuck on a short week play­ing the Dol­phins. Help it make sense.”

Har­ris’ point has merit. Just like Pitts­burgh was pe­nal­ized last week with an early-sea­son bye be­cause of the Ten­nessee Ti­tans’ on-go­ing COVID-19 out­break, the Bron­cos are pay­ing the price for the Pa­tri­ots’ is­sues. The New Eng­land-to-mi­ami turn­around will be the Bron­cos’ third short work week of the sea­son as they played on a Mon­day night in Week 1 and a Thurs­day night in Week 4.

Push­ing the game ahead a day could also mean New­ton is avail­able to start for the Pa­tri­ots. Ear­lier Thurs­day, Bron­cos coach Vic Fan­gio said mov­ing the game back a day wouldn’t im­pact quar­ter­back Drew Lock’s sta­tus.

Lock has been a lim­ited prac­tice par­tic­i­pant this week fol­low­ing a Week 2 right shoul­der in­jury and it is ex­pected Brett Ryp­ien will start at quar­ter­back.

The Pa­tri­ots had their game last week at Kansas City moved from Sun­day af­ter­noon to Mon­day night and they lost 26-10.

The Bron­cos-pa­tri­ots game is the fourth to be im­pacted by coro­n­avirus: Last week’s Pitts­burgh-ten­nessee game was post­poned and the Pa­tri­ots

Chiefs game was moved from Sun­day to Mon­day.

This week, the Buf­faloTen­nessee game has been moved from Sun­day to Tues­day, pend­ing no ad­di­tional pos­i­tive virus tests with the Ti­tans in the com­ing days. Next Thurs­day’s Kansas City-buf­falo game has been moved to Oct. 18.

While the Pa­tri­ots have pre­pared this week vir­tu­ally, the Bron­cos have been on the prac­tice field three times and kept their nor­mal sched­ule. Since daily test­ing be­gan in late July, the Bron­cos have had only one pos­i­tive COVID-19 test — full­back/tight end An­drew Beck on July 30.

Be­fore prac­tice Thurs­day, Fan­gio said the team “cer­tainly” wanted to play Sun­day.

“But we un­der­stand with COVID(-19), there is go­ing to be im­pro­vis­ing and ad­just­ing that has to go on for every­body and this would be our turn to ad­just if they change it, but we’ll be ready to go,” he said.

 ?? Elsa / Getty Im­ages ?? Bron­cos de­fen­sive tackle Shelby Har­ris ex­pressed his frus­tra­tion about the team’s resched­uled game on Twit­ter.
Elsa / Getty Im­ages Bron­cos de­fen­sive tackle Shelby Har­ris ex­pressed his frus­tra­tion about the team’s resched­uled game on Twit­ter.

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