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FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - DECEMBER 29: A view of a New England Patriots helmet on the bench during the game between the New England Patriots and the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

By Alex Barth, 985TheSportsHub.com

For the third time in two weeks, the NFL has officially rescheduled a Patriots game.

The Patriots-Broncos game, which was supposed to be played Monday evening, has now been moved to next Sunday at 1 p.m.. That game was originally supposed to be played on Sunday, October 11 but was moved due to positive COVID tests in the Patriots organization.

This is the second week in a row a Patriots game has been rescheduled. Last week’s game against Kansas City was also moved from Sunday to Monday due to Stephon Gilmore’s positive COVID test.

Rescheduling Patriots Broncos meant shuffling eight games involving eight different teams. There’s no word yet on what would happen if next week’s game needs to be moved as well.

For the Patriots and Broncos, this means they spent their bye week practicing (albeit virtually for the Patriots) instead of getting the mental and physical rest players value and need during the long NFL season. Broncos players voiced their displeasure on social media following the announcement.

The Patriots facility was closed all week following Gilmore’s positive test. Players returned to Gillette Stadium for practice on Saturday, but it’s not known yet what the status is for this week after Byron Cowart’s positive test on Sunday.

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Alex Barth is a writer and digital producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Looking for a podcast guest? Let him know on Twitter @RealAlexBarth or via email at Alexander.Barth@bbgi.com.