As the NFL continues to deal with positive COVID-19 tests across different teams, two Week 5 games set for Sunday have been postponed, the NFL announced Thursday evening.
The Denver Broncos at New England Patriots game is being moved to Monday at 5 p.m., while the Buffalo Bills at Tennessee Titans game has been moved to Tuesday at 7 p.m. The news comes after both the Patriots and Titans had previous games postponed due to positive coronavirus tests.
The league said the scheduling decisions were made to "ensure the health and safety of players, coaches and game day personnel and in consultation with medical experts."
For the Titans, what began with a few positive tests on Sept. 24 has transformed into over 20 members of the organization testing positive for COVID-19. Their Week 4 contest with the Pittsburgh Steelers was postponed until later in the season, forcing schedule changes that impacted the Baltimore Ravens as well.
Reports have recently surfaced that the Titans held team workouts at high school fields even after the organization was advised to stay away from the facility and not hold group gatherings. With positive tests still coming in, it has some believing that forfeits should be on the table.
Now that the Bills are scheduled to play Tuesday, their Week 6 matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night is being moved to Sunday, Oct. 18. That is unless their Week 5 game against the Titans is postponed again, in which case their matchup with the Chiefs will remain on Thursday.
The Broncos-Patriots matchup is being delayed after New England cornerback Stephon Gilmore tested positive for COVID-19 following the team's Week 4 game against the Chiefs, a game that had been delayed itself following quarterback Cam Newton's positive test.
It seems as if the NFL is now reaching a breaking point in the 2020 season. After three relatively smooth weeks of play to open up the campaign, the last week-plus has been filled with numerous problems. More positives and potential outbreaks will continue to push back other games and create scheduling nightmares.
So far, the league has found a way to work around it, but that may not last forever.