Patriots back at work, day after fifth player tested positive

NFL 2020 False positives in Indianapolis Colts team returns to training

Jacksonville's game against the Detroit Lions on Sunday still is scheduled to be played.

The NFL has allowed teams in some instances to play games after a single positive test if there is no evidence of widespread transmission of the virus.

The Jacksonville Jaguars announced that all football activities will be conducted remotely on Saturday after a practice squad member tested positive for COVID-19.

The Atlanta Falcons closed their facility Thursday following a second positive test for COVID-19, the Tennessee Titans played Tuesday following a 16-day layoff because of an outbreak, and the New England Patriots have twice had their original Week 5 matchup against Denver postponed following four positive coronavirus tests by players.

The Patriots haven't played since October 5, when they lost at Kansas City.

Newton and Gilmore, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, returned to practice this week for the first time since testing positive for the coronavirus.

Quarterback Cam Newton and cornerback Stephon Gilmore participated in the Patriots' practice Thursday after being activated from the covid-19 reserve list. That game had to be rescheduled from Week 5 after the Patriots had defensive tackle Byron Cowart infected as COVID-19, a positive that was discovered two days before the game. That necessitated other schedule changes because the Broncos originally had been scheduled to play the Miami Dolphins this Sunday.

The reopening of the Patriots' facility and their test results were confirmed by a person familiar with the situation. Practice squad player Bill Murray also returned from the COVID-19 list Thursday. Of those three, only the Steelers won in their return to action.

Atlanta resumed in-person work under more stringent safety measures. They're set to play Sunday.

The Panthers placed guard/centre Tyler Larsen on the reserve/COVID-19 list five days after he played against Atlanta.

The game against the Broncos, originally scheduled for October 11 and then pushed back one day, was rescheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m. after a fourth positive test. So the simple solution would be moving Bengals at Colts back a week to Week 7, when the Browns also will take an earlier bye and hold the Bengals' home rematch with the Browns in Week 9 instead, when both teams were supposed to be off.

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