After the NFL’s decision to postpone the Broncos-Patriots game from Sunday to Monday was met with Twitter criticism by Broncos linemen Shelby Harris and Calvin Anderson, coach Vic Fangio said “it’s on us to be able to adjust, adapt, improvise and be ready to play the game on Monday night.”
“From the start of this season, all the way back to when training camp started, we all knew the NFL would not go clean with no positive tests for the entire season,” Fangio said. “We knew there would be some positive tests, and those positive tests would cause some inconveniences, and change of schedules, and adjustments. It just so happens now that we’re part of the adjustments because New England’s our opponent this week and they’ve had some positive tests.”
The Patriots had three players test positive for coronavirus dating back to before last week’s game against the Chiefs, which was also pushed from Sunday to Monday. Quarterback Cam Newton missed that game due to a positive test, and earlier this week, All-Pro cornerback Stephon Gilmore tested positive as well.
Those positives caused the NFL to move the originally scheduled kickoff — 2:25 p.m. MT Sunday — to an early Monday night game, with a 3:05 p.m. MT kickoff. Fangio said the Broncos will adjust their weekly plan going into their Week 6 home game against Miami on Oct. 18, with players having Tuesday off and Wednesday’s schedule changed.
“We’ll adjust to the Miami game week just like we always would when we come off a Monday night game,” Fangio said.
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Quarterback situations. Fangio, reiterating what safety Justin Simmons said on Thursday, noted the Broncos have “been under that assumption the whole time” that Newton will be cleared to play against Denver.
The Patriots quarterback, who was reportedly asymptomatic earlier this week, must test negative for COVID-19 twice before he is cleared, and those two tests must come at least 24 hours apart.
Meanwhile, Fangio declined to named Denver’s starter at the position Monday. Drew Lock practiced Wednesday and Thursday for the first times since injuring his right shoulder in the first quarter of Week 2 in Pittsburgh, and Fangio …read more
Source:: The Denver Post – Sports