The Jacksonville Jaguars, meanwhile, announced that they would be working remotely on Saturday after receiving a positive test result from a practice player. The Jaguars said they plan to play Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions in Jacksonville as planned.
The reopening of the Patriots’ facility and their test results were confirmed by a person familiar with the situation. The Patriots were working remotely on Friday after receiving a new positive test result.
The Patriots have put offensive lineman James Ferentz on their Covid-19 reserve list. This list is used for players who tested positive for the coronavirus and for players who were found to have been exposed to the virus through contact tracing.
Quarterback Cam Newton and cornerback Stephon Gilmore attended the Patriots’ training Thursday after being activated from the Covid-19 reserve list. Newton tested positive for the coronavirus and missed an October 5 game in Kansas City, according to someone familiar with the result. Gilmore confirmed two days after that game that he had tested positive.
The Patriots-Broncos game has been postponed due to the Patriots’ positive tests last Sunday. This required a number of other schedule changes as the Broncos were originally scheduled to play against the Miami Dolphins that Sunday. NFL officials said this week they would consider adding an 18th week to the regular season, but only if all games cannot be played in the current 17-week framework.
The Jaguars said they became aware of their positive test on Friday night and, after it was confirmed, the player self-isolated while the team and league carried out contact tracing. The jaguars called the decision to work remotely on Saturday “a precaution.”
The NFL has in some cases allowed teams to play games on a single positive test when there is no evidence of widespread transmission of the virus. League officials said the NFL saw no evidence of coronavirus transmission on the field.
“The health and safety of our players, coaches and staff as well as their families is our top priority,” said the Jaguars in a written statement on Saturday morning. “We will continue to provide updates as soon as they are available. We plan to play tomorrow’s game as planned. ”
Other positive test results aside, Sunday’s NFL schedule could not be affected by a number of coronavirus-related disruptions in recent days. The Indianapolis Colts reopened their facility Friday afternoon after closing that morning for four initially positive test results that the team said came back negative after retesting. The Colts will play against the Cincinnati Bengals in Indianapolis on Sunday.
The Atlanta Falcons reopened their facility on Friday and are expected to play against the Minnesota Vikings in Minneapolis on Sunday. The hawks had closed their facility on Thursday after a new positive test result.