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.
ESPN's Mike Reiss and Field Yates report "The Patriots will be canceling their Friday practice after a positive COVID-19 test, per a source".
The New England Patriots' game against the Denver Broncos appears to still be on despite three more players on the team landing on the reserve/COVID-19 list. And depending on how this story develops in the afternoon, another could be coming.
Despite the ongoing outbreak, the National Football League has informed the Patriots and Broncos that their game will remain in place Sunday at 1 p.m.at Gillette Stadium, according to a source. And without healthy players, that will be impossible.
Defensive tackle Byron Cowart was the only Patriots player now still on the list after testing positive on October 11.
Multiple teams have experienced positive tests and the league already has had to change up the schedule because of it.
The COVID-19 outbreak has continued to wreak havoc on the Patriots.
A Patriots spokesman said the team would proceed with its walkthrough, but all meetings would be virtual.
"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. Gilmore, who tested positive on October 7, was activated from the list Thursday.
The Broncos haven't played since October 1. The team had closed the building Thursday following a second positive test for COVID-19. 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. Three teams - Saints, Steelers, Buccaneers - had byes when play resumed a week later, so they all had 20 days between games that year.
The Browns, who played the Colts on Sunday, had zero positive tests Friday and their their building was open.
The Falcons are under the NFL's supplemental intensive protocols as they regroup for Sunday's game at Minnesota.
Cominsky, 24, joined defensive tackle Marlon Davidson on the Falcons virus list while an assistant coach tested positive on Thursday, prompting the club to close its practice facility before reopening Friday.
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham tested negative for Covid-19 after missing workouts Thursday and Friday with flu-like symptoms.
The Panthers placed guard/centre Tyler Larsen on the reserve/COVID-19 list five days after he played against Atlanta.