Will Pats-Broncos be postponed again? Here are the latest updates originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
The Patriots canceled practice Friday after at least one more positive COVID-19 test, per multiple reports. At the moment, though, their Week 6 game against the Broncos is still on for Sunday at 1 p.m. ET at Gillette Stadium, according to NFL Media's Tom Pelissero.
While the Patriots and Broncos playing three days after more positive COVID-19 tests seems risky, Denver is still preparing to travel to Foxboro this weekend, per ABC7's Troy Renck and ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Broncos are being told to be prepared to play Sunday vs. the Patriots, per source. Players want to play, and the game is on as the NFL gathers more information.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 16, 2020
The Broncos have reported no positive tests and already reshuffled their schedule, so it makes sense why they'd want to play Sunday rather than jump through more schedule hoops.
If the game could not be played Sunday, the NFL would be presented with its toughest scheduling challenge to date. Both teams, the Patriots and Broncos, had their byes last weekend and bye flexibility is gone. https://t.co/HMCsLPbd8l— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 16, 2020
Of course, schedule challenges should take a back seat to the health and safety of players, coaches and their families. But the NFL has yet to discuss any contingency plans for Sunday's game, per Schefter, so it appears they're currently relying on wishful thinking.