Sports Writing (USA), Oct 16 (EFE) .- The coronavirus pandemic is still present in the National Football League (NFL) competition and once again the New England Patriots were the protagonists along with the Colts Indianapolis and the Atlanta Falcons.
The Patriots canceled Friday’s training and player interviews following a positive test for COVID-19, according to a source, and are also awaiting confirmation of a second positive test.
The New England team is scheduled to host the Denver Broncos on their Gillette Stadium field on Sunday.
That game had to be rescheduled from Week 5 after the Patriots had defensive tackle Byron Cowart infected as COVID-19, a positive that was discovered two days before the game.
The NFL office confirmed this Friday night that all the games scheduled on the calendar for Sunday remain unaltered.
This Friday’s positive test comes a day after quarterback Cam Newton, cornerback Stephon Gilmore and practice team defensive tackle Bill Murray trained for the first time after being activated from the reserve / COVID-19 list. .
While the league also reiterated that sick players should isolate themselves even if they test negative for COVID-19, in order to avoid the chances of contagion as much as possible.
Players previously said they had only been inside the facility to lift weights the last few days, with all meetings held virtually.
The Patriots facilities had been closed Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, before the players returned Wednesday for conditioning work, while the first training session took place yesterday, Thursday.
Also, this Friday, the Colts closed their facilities after receiving four positive tests for COVID-19 within the team, however, hours later they announced that the tests carried out after those samples had returned negative and the team returned to training for the late.
While the Falcons were the ones that closed their facilities on Thursday after finding a positive case for COVID-19, but this Friday they reopened them following the NFL’s intensive protocols against the coronavirus pandemic.