FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The New England Patriots have canceled practice amid reports that a third player has tested positive for the coronavirus.
Sports Illustrated reported that reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year Stephon Gilmore tested positive for the virus on Wednesday and was added to the team's reserve/COVID-19 list.
In all, there are now three Patriots players on the COVID-19 list. Gilmore and Newton are joined by Patriots defensive tackle, Bill Murray.
However, it's important to keep in mind, it has not been confirmed on whether or not Murray has tested positive for COVID-19, being added to the COVID-19 reserve list does not only mean you have tested positive but that you have been in close contact with someone who has, which could be Murray's case.
Starting quarterback Cam Newton missed New England’s loss at Kansas City on Monday night after a positive COVID-19 test and was added to the reserve list Saturday. Practice squad player Bill Murray joined him on the list Tuesday.
Newton's positive test prompted the NFL to postpone the New England’s game with the Chiefs by a day.
Newton tweeted a picture of himself Wednesday morning wearing a mask, along with the caption: “WEAR YOUR MASK. KEEP YOUR DISTANCE.”
WEAR YOUR MASK • KEEP YOUR DISTANCE pic.twitter.com/0IBolQt3rx— Cameron 1 Newton (@CameronNewton) October 7, 2020
The Patriots are scheduled to host the Denver Broncos on Sunday.
The big question now, is the game this Sunday against the Denver Broncos still on? Right now, there have been no changes to the schedule. Amid today's news, head coach Bill Belichick's morning media briefing was canceled.
Coming up later on Western Mass News at 6 p.m., we'll tell you how teams are welcoming in more fans inside their stadiums, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.