The NFL was hoping to have the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos play their game in Week 5, but they'll have to alter their plans. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Patriots and Broncos game will be moved to Oct. 18 instead of being played on Monday night. Because of this move, the Broncos' Week 6 game against the Miami Dolphins is being moved.
Early on Sunday morning, it was reported that the Patriots had another positive COVID-19 test. As a result, New England was forced to close its team facility for the second time this week.
The positive cases began in Foxborough when Cam Newton produced a positive COVID-19 test ahead of the team's matchup versus the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 4. Newton was sidelined for that game, which was moved to last Monday night, and he was placed on the COVID-19 reserve list.
Besides Newton, it was discovered after the loss to Kansas City that Stephon Gilmore also tested positive for COVID-19. Similar to Newton, he was placed on the reserve list. Both of their returns remain to be determined.
The league initially planned to move the Patriots' game against the Broncos to Monday night. But with another positive test popping up, the NFL is going to push back the game until Week 6. New England was initially supposed to have a bye week in Week 6.
In response to the positive coronavirus cases in New England, both the Patriots and Broncos will hold their bye weeks in Week 5. Barring more positive tests, each team will get an extra week to prepare for one another.
Meanwhile, the Tennessee Titans had another positive test, this time for a member of the coaching staff. It's unclear what this will mean for their Tuesday night game against the Buffalo Bills.