Colts: We have closed facility after multiple positive COVID-19 tests
Oct 18 2020
Elsewhere, the Jacksonville Jaguars said Saturday a practice-squad player tested positive.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports "If the game could not be played Sunday, the National Football League would be presented with its toughest scheduling challenge to date". Ferentz has been placed on reserve/COVID-19 list. That list is utilized for players who test positive for the coronavirus and those found through contact tracing to have been exposed to the virus. Newton missed New England's loss at Kansas City on October 5 after his October 2 positive test.
New England had reopened Thursday only to close Friday after another positive, with ESPN reporting the Patriots put center James Ferentz on the Covid-19 reserve list on the same day a positive test caused the shutdown.
New England (2-2) already has had its matchup against Denver at Gillette Stadium postponed twice following four positive coronavirus tests by players, including quarterback Cam Newton and cornerback Stephon Gilmore.
Unlike the Broncos-Patriots game being moved from Week 5 into Week 6, there are few other AFC teams affected.
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. had his second negative COVID-19 test in 24 hours, clearing him to rejoin his teammates and play in Sunday's game at Pittsburgh. Three teams - Saints, Steelers, Buccaneers - had byes when play resumed a week later, so they all had 20 days between games that year.
"This morning, we were informed that several individuals within our organization have tested posted for COVID-19", the statement said. Modkins was isolating at his home and was asymptomatic, according to the team.
Coach Frank Reich did not identify who had the false positives but acknowledged if it wasn't a player, it was someone who worked closely with the players. "We will take all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of our team, opponents and community".
With the Colts announcing that they had multiple members of their organization test positive for COVID-19 and closing down their facility on Friday, there's a chance for Sunday's 1 p.m. ET kickoff against the Bengals in Indianapolis to be postponed. While he didn't practice, the three-time Pro Bowler participated in team meetings remotely.
It added the team plans to resume practice at the training facility Friday barring further positive tests. And yes, we've been inconvenienced, there are a lot of protocols to follow, some of them can be a little overbearing at times but they're necessary.