NFL COVID: Patriots cancel practice after positive coronavirus test


FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – SEPTEMBER 13: Cam Newton #1 of the New England Patriots huddles with teammates during the first half against the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium on September 13, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (NewsNation Now) — The New England Patriots canceled practice Friday after a member of the organization tested positive for coronavirus.

New England (2-2) already twice had the original Week five matchup against Denver postponed following four positive coronavirus tests by players, including quarterback Cam Newton, cornerback Stephon Gilmore, and practice squad defensive tackle Bill Murray on their COVID-19/reserve list.

Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos could now be in jeopardy.

The Patriots game versus the Denver Broncos scheduled for last week was postponed indefinitely after multiple positive tests on the Patriots.

Nine NFL teams are being affected, some over a period of weeks through Nov. 22: New England, Tennessee, Denver, Buffalo, Kansas City, Miami, the Los Angeles Chargers, New York Jets and Jacksonville.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell warned the league’s 32 teams in early October of penalties including potential forfeits of games for violations of COVID-19 protocols that force changes in the schedule.

Read the full memorandum below.

Several coaches have been fined $100,000 each and their clubs fined $250,000 for improper use of face coverings.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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