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Pats-Broncos moved to Week 6 after positive COVID-19 test

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*UPDATE (2:50 p.m. ET): The New England Patriots' game against the Denver Broncos on Monday has been moved to Sunday, Oct. 18 at 1 p.m. ET, the NFL announced Sunday afternoon.

The Patriots had a scheduled bye in Week 6, so Week 5 essentially will serve as their bye week. 

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The New England Patriots aren't out of the woods yet.

The NFL shut down the Patriots facility Sunday morning for the third time in 10 days after the team had a new positive COVID-19 test, ESPN's Adam Schefter and Field Yates report.

The Denver Broncos were scheduled to leave for New England later Sunday ahead of their Monday afternoon game at Gillette Stadium.

While the Patriots are undergoing further testing, the NFL has yet to call off Monday's game despite New England's fourth positive test in an eight-day span, per Schefter.

Cam Newton was the first Patriots player to test positive last Friday, Oct. 2. The team still traveled to Kansas City to play the Chiefs last Monday, and two more players -- defensive tackle Bill Murray and cornerback Stephon Gilmore -- had positive tests on Tuesday and Wednesday.

That forced the Patriots to shut down their facility from Wednesday to Friday, but the team returned to practice Saturday with the hope of playing Monday.

 

Sunday morning's news obviously throws a wrench in New England's plans, as the team once again is on standby.