UPDATE (9:20 A.M. ET): The NFL has rescheduled the Patriots-Broncos game for next Sunday. New England players apparently were ready to push back if the game was held Monday.
ORIGINAL STORY: Well, this could get ugly.
The NFL reportedly still intends for the Patriots to play the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium on Monday despite New England shutting down its facility Sunday following another positive COVID-19 test. In addition to the obvious health risks, a Monday night game would see the Patriots take the field after a week filled with virtual meetings, one on-field walkthrough and zero real practices. The game, originally scheduled for Sunday, was pushed to Monday following Stephon Gilmore’s positive test Tuesday.
James White, Damiere Byrd, Isaiah Wynn and Devin and Jason McCourty were among the Patriots players who used Twitter Sunday morning to make their feelings on the situation perfectly clear.
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This situation is developing. Furthermore, if there is enough resentment from both teams — the Broncos might not want to play against a team that’s seen four positive tests in a little over a week — it’s hard to envision the NFL going through with the game as scheduled.
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