Sunday’s game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots has been moved to Monday

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ENGLEWOOD, Colorado – The Denver Broncos’ game against the New England Patriots will be moved from Sunday to Monday, team sources have confirmed to ESPN.The game was originally scheduled for Sunday – kicking off at 4:25 p.m. ET – and Broncos players have been notified of the move to Monday after Thursday afternoon practice. The Patriots did not practice and their facility was closed Wednesday and Thursday after quarterback Cam Newton and cornerback Stephon Gilmore were moved to the team’s reserve / COVID-19 roster.

While there were no further positive tests after Thursday morning’s testing, the Patriots are taking extra precautions and will continue to prepare with virtual meetings and no practice again on Friday, an official said. team to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

The Broncos (1-3) believe they will be the game “early” Monday with a kick-off at some point before the Los Angeles Chargers-New Orleans Saints game at 8:15 pm ET. Denver TV station 9News first reported the move on Monday.

Earlier Thursday, Broncos coach Vic Fangio was asked to comment on whether he had already launched contingency plans for the team if the game was postponed until Monday.

“There’s not a lot of thinking to do, just adjust,” Fangio said. “We would always travel the day before and just adjust our schedule the two or three days leading up to the game once we found out.

“… I think everyone wants the game to be played on time, as planned. We certainly do. But we understand with COVID that there is going to be some improvisation and adjustments that need to be made by everyone in the league at some point. , and it would be our turn to be that adjuster. If they change it, we’ll adjust and be good to go. ”

Fangio was also asked on Thursday if playing on Monday would potentially help quarterback Drew Lock get back into the lineup. Lock has not played since suffering a right shoulder injury (pitch) in the Broncos’ loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Lock trained, on a limited basis, for the first time this week, but Fangio said he would not play in a game until the Broncos were convinced Lock could take a hit from a defenseman and do not injure your shoulder.

“(And) I don’t think 24 hours would make much of a difference in this case,” Fangio said.

Brett Rypien is always expected to start at the Broncos quarterback.

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