New England Patriots

Aug 27, 2020; Englewood, Colorado, USA; A general view of the Denver Broncos logo outside of UCHealth Training Center where practice was cancelled after a morning team meeting. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

By Alex Barth,

The last two weeks of discourse surrounding the upcoming Patriots-Broncos game has centered on Patriots’ positive COVID tests. That culminated with yesterday’s new positive and center James Ferentz being placed on COVID reserve.

But now – just 24 hours from kickoff – the Denver Broncos have had their first positive test of the season.

In a statement released Saturday afternoon, the team acknowledged running backs coach Curtis Modkins has tested positive for COVID-19.

According to the statement, the Broncos still plan on flying to New England on Saturday (without Modkins) to play Sunday’s game as scheduled. There have been no reports of other individuals who will stay behind due to close contact with Modkins.

It’s worth noting that Melvin Gordon, Denver’s starting running back, was sent home from practice Friday after feeling ill and will not make the trip. At the time, it was reported that Gordon’s illness was not COVID related.

As of 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday’s Patriots-Broncos game is still to be played as scheduled. You can catch the call on 98.5 The Sports Hub, with pregame coverage starting at 10 a.m..

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