FOXBOROUGH, Mass. The New England Patriots’ facility is open Saturday morning after the team canceled its Friday practice after a positive COVID-19 test, a source tells ESPN’s Field Yates.
The Patriots host the Denver Broncos Sunday (1 p.m. ET) and they continue to prepare for the game to start as planned. Offensive lineman James Ferentz, who had played every single snap in the center of the team’s loss on October 5 against the Kansas City Chiefs, was placed on the reserve / COVID-19 list on Friday.
Meanwhile, Broncos coach Vic Fangio said his team planned to travel to New England on Saturday as part of its normal itinerary.
“We are under the assumption and understanding that this game will go in time. Everything that happens otherwise will happen when it happens,”
The Patriots were scheduled to practice early Friday afternoon, but abruptly interrupted training after learning a positive COVID-19 test, a source told ESPN. The team was also waiting for confirmation of the possibility of another positive test, according to a source.
Ferentz and starting defensive tackle Byron Cowart are the lone players on the team’s reserve / COVID-19 list. Quarterback Cam Newton, cornerback Stephon Gilmore and training group defensive tackle Bill Murray were all removed from the list last week and were full participants in the team’s lone training this week Thursday.
Ferentz also fully participated in Thursday’s practice.