Broncos coach tests positive for COVID-19
The New England Patriots have had to deal with issues from COVID-19 in recent weeks and now the Denver Broncos are now having their own problems. According to the team’s official Twitter account, Curtis Modkins — the team’s running backs coach — has tested positive for COVID-19.
Statement from the Broncos:
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) October 17, 2020
In response to Modkins’ positive test, he won’t travel with the team to New England to take on the Patriots. Modkins will spend some time away from the team and will quarantine until he’s able to test negative for COVID-19 on consecutive days.
Of course, the Patriots have had multiple positive COVID-19 tests in recent weeks. Ahead of the team’s Week 4 matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs, Cam Newton tested positive for the virus. Besides Newton, Stephon Gilmore would also test positive after New England’s loss to Kansas City.
As a result of the Patriots’ positive cases, the NFL postponed their game against the Broncos that was supposed to happen in Week 5 to Week 6. And after having another positive test, New England canceled practice on Friday and shut down their team facility.
Along with the situation with COVID-19, the Broncos are also dealing with an illness to Melvin Gordon. Gordon was cited for a DUI earlier this week and would later feel under the weather. The veteran rusher has since been diagnosed with strep throat and has already been ruled out for Sunday’s contest.
Despite the cases on both teams, the league believes it can still conduct the game on Sunday afternoon. When both teams take the field on Sunday though, the Broncos will be without Gordon and Modkins on the sideline.