Pats can­cel prac­tice af­ter pos­i­tive test

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From New Eng­land to At­lanta to In­di­anapo­lis, the fo­cus was not on foot­ball on Fri­day. It was on, not sur­pris­ingly, coro­n­avirus tests.

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

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.

With the Colts, there were four pos­i­tive tests that, when retested, came up neg­a­tive. The Fal­cons re­turned to their fa­cil­ity one day af­ter aban­don­ing it when they had a sec­ond pos­i­tive.

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

“I don’t re­ally know the an­swer to that,” 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.”

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