Published: Sun, October 18, 2020
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Indianapolis Colts' retests on four people come back negative for COVID-19

Indianapolis Colts' retests on four people come back negative for COVID-19

"After consultation with the NFL and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Allen Sills, the team will open the practice facility this afternoon under the league's intensive protocol and will continue preparation for Sunday's game against Cincinnati", the team said in a statement.

The Colts did not say how many tests had been positive and added that they were in the process of confirming the results.

The team shut down their facilities on Friday morning after a number of preliminary optimistic assessments, NFL.com stories.

If the Indy-Cincinnati game requires a postponement, the National Football League should be able to push the game from Week 6 to Week 7 without any major scheduling changes.

New England (2-2) already twice had the original Week 5 matchup against Denver postponed following four earlier positive coronavirus tests by players, including quarterback Cam Newton and cornerback Stephon Gilmore.


The Broncos plan to bench top running back Melvin Gordon for the game at New England with what was described as a non-Covid-19 illness.

The shutdown follows a similar move on Thursday by the Atlanta Falcons, who closed their facility after a second positive COVID-19 test. Running backs coach Curtis Modkins has tested positive and won't make the trip to New England.

The NFL has had to reschedule and postpone several games but none have been canceled yet. "When we eventually set the schedule and we set the time for the team meeting and knew we were going to have it virtually and then come into practice, the turnaround time was pretty quick". Star receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who was ill and sent home Thursday and not allowed to practice Friday, had his second negative test in 24 hours.

"Coaches meetings all virtual or in one of those two facilities as well".

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. "We're not ideal, but I think we've been very diligent".

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