New Positive Tests on Pats and Titans; Now What?

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We’re in truly unchartered territory with the NFL and these Covid-19 tests. After going a couple days with no new positives and looking like their games would happen this week, both the Titans and Patriots have had a new team employee test positive. Adam Schefter reports:

Previously, Cam Newton and Stephon Gilmore had tested positive for the Patriots.

The Patriots are scheduled to play Monday night against the Broncos. The Titans are supposed to play Tuesday night against the Bills. The Titans’ situation also affects when the Bills play in Week 6, as Buffalo was originally supposed to play Thursday against the Chiefs but that game would move to Sunday if their Titans game actually happens Tuesday.

Schefter followed up that the NFL still “plans” to hold their Patriots-Broncos game on Monday.

Patriots reporter Tom Currani isn’t so sure Patriots players would play this week, even if that’s the NFL’s mandate:

Broncos reporter Mike Klis doesn’t make it sound like Denver players would be keen on playing New England Monday either:

As we’ve been banging the drum all week, it’s time for the NFL to add Week 18 as a buffer space into the schedule. Adding Week 18 could nullify the bye between conference championship games and the Super Bowl without changing the planned date for the latter. It makes way more sense than adapting all these teams’ schedules on the fly.

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.


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  1. OMG this is all so lame. Death rates have plummeted, hospital visits have plummeted, people are basically getting the common cold, especially healthy athletes. The coronabros won’t let this go until (if) Biden is elected.

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