New England Patriots

A New England Patriots helmet during the first half of the game between the New England Patriots and the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium on December 24, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

By Alex Barth,

According to a report from Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer, the Patriots’ Monday COVID tests all came back negative.

The Patriots facility has been closed since defensive tackle Byron Cowart tested positive on Saturday (reported Sunday). He is the fourth player to test positive. That test led to the Patriots meeting against the Broncos being postponed a week.

With the most recent batch of negative tests, the Patriots can now stay on schedule and return to their facility Wednesday as planned (the players were given Monday and Tuesday off). The current plan is for the team to get a ‘normal’ week of practice in before Sunday’s make-good against Denver.

In addition to the Patriots, the Chiefs and Titans also returned negative tests. Kansas City had recently had two positives after their game with the Patriots last week. Meanwhile, Tennessee was in the middle of the league’s worst outbreak, but is expected to play the Bills Tuesday night after the all clear.

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Alex Barth is a writer and digital producer for 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

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