NFL Rumors: Patriots Displeased With League’s Handling Of COVID-19

Should teams have more say after positive COVID-19 tests?

by Alexandra Francisco

Oct 7, 2020

Many have criticized the NFL’s decision to allow New England and Kansas City to play a Week 4 contest, two days after quarterback Cam Newton and a Chiefs practice squad player tested positive for COVID-19.

Instead of putting the game off a few weeks, the league rescheduled the game for Monday after players returned three-consecutive negative tests.

Since then, New England cornerback Stephon Gilmore on Wednesday tested positive for the virus, and you have to wonder if this game would have been postponed further it were up to the two teams.

Apparently, sources within the Patriots are annoyed by the NFL’s approach to handling COVID-19.

“With three Patriots now having tested positive for COVID-19, a team source said Tuesday it’s time for players and coaches to ‘worry about our health and safety first and not leave it up to the league,'” NBC Sports Boston’s Tom E. Curran on Wednesday reported.

The Patriots held remote meetings Wednesday after Gilmore’s diagnosis, and it looks like that will be the case Thursday as well.

We’ll see what this all means for New England’s Week 5 matchup against the Denver Broncos, which is scheduled for Sunday at Gillette Stadium.

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