By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
The Patriots have received their latest test results for COVID-19. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, all overnight PCR tests came back negative.
As of Friday morning, the Pats are on track to play against the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium. However, for the second straight week, the game has been pushed back to Monday night.
Thursday marked the second straight day of testing that returned no new positives the following morning. The Tennessee Titans, who have had a full-on outbreak with 23 positive tests over the past two weeks, also had no new positive tests to report on Friday.
Both Patriots-Broncos and Titans-Bills are expected to be played, but both are being pushed back. The Titans and Broncos are now scheduled to be played Tuesday night.
The status of Patriots quarterback Cam Newton and cornerback Stephon Gilmore are unclear to this point. But the postponed start time for the Pats' game against the Broncos likely improves their chances of being able to play. Both will need to go two straight PCR tests for COVID-19 at least 24 hours apart without positive test results before they can rejoin the Patriots.
According to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network, contact tracing found multiple Patriots players to be high-risk or in close contact with Gilmore in the wake of his positive test for COVID-19. So the Patriots aren't necessarily out of the woods yet.
Ty Anderson and I talked about the latest developments with the Patriots, COVID-19, and the NFL in the newest episode of the Sports Hub Sidelines podcast. Have a listen below. Football stuff starts at 39:06.
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