Patriots prepare to play Denver despite closed facility

New England trainer Invoice Belichick says the crew is continuous to arrange to play this weekend in opposition to the Denver Broncos amid stories the Patriots returned no new sure COVID-19 assessments

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England trainer Invoice Belichick says the crew is continuous to arrange to play this weekend in opposition to the Denver Broncos amid stories the Patriots returned no new sure COVID-19 assessments on Thursday.

The Patriots close their prepare facility Wednesday and Thursday after quarterback Cam Newton, cornerback Stephon Gilmore and practice-squad participant Invoice Murray all examined sure for coronavirus over a five-day length.

Newton used to be held out of New England’s loss to the Chiefs on Monday after trying out sure on Saturday. Gilmore didn’t take a look at sure till Tuesday.

Belichick says the placement stays fluid in regards to the standing of Sunday’s recreation in opposition to the Broncos.

“I don’t suppose we will truly plan too a long way forward, (or) get started speaking Saturday, Sunday, or a number of alternative days,” he mentioned. “There’s a lot that may or can’t occur within the period in-between. And as issues alternate and if there are sure or probably unfavourable traits, we’ll take a look at the ones.”

Patriots avid gamers had the time off Tuesday, which means that Friday may well be their handiest prepare this week if the sport does continue as deliberate.

Belichick mentioned the Patriots had been in communique with the league in regards to the time they wish to get ready to play, however will stay the ones talks personal.

“We knew that in the first place of the season that there have been going to be demanding situations, and there were,” he mentioned. “We’re able to paintings via them. And that’s what we’re doing.”

“We need to play on Sunday,” he informed the crew’s site. “Now, if there’s a security factor, I am getting it. However I wish to play on Sunday. That’s what we’re running for. Going again East and taking part in on a Monday night time, then having to come back again and play on a brief week once more, I believe it hurts us ultimately. However we’ll do what we need to do.”

It’s unknown whether or not Newton exhibited any coronavirus signs earlier than or after his sure take a look at, however Gilmore posted on Twitter that he used to be appearing no signs as of Wednesday. Belichick mentioned he hadn’t spoken with Newton in an afternoon and had no replace on his standing.

In keeping with the NFL’s COVID trying out protocols, avid gamers appearing signs can’t go back till a minimum of 10 days have handed since signs have been first reported and a minimum of 24 hours have handed since their final fever. All different signs, similar to cough and shortness of breath, additionally should have stepped forward.

If a participant assessments sure however presentations no signs, he should both wait 10 days from the preliminary sure take a look at, or can go back after having two consecutive unfavourable assessments 24 hours aside.

In order that leaves a minimum of an opportunity each avid gamers may well be to be had for Sunday’s recreation.

Belichick mentioned there’s not anything combating both participant from collaborating in digital conferences Thursday.

“We do the most efficient we will with the alternatives now we have,” he mentioned. “It’s now not very best, however there is a chance to hide issues and get issues taught.”

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AP Professional Soccer Author Arnie Stapleton in Englewood, Colo. contributed to this file.

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