Broncos running backs coach Curtis Modkins tests positive for COVID-19

ATLANTA GA- OCTOBER 11 The Atlanta Falcons take the field before the week 5 NFL game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Carolina Panthers at Mercedes Benz Stadium

ATLANTA GA- OCTOBER 11 The Atlanta Falcons take the field before the week 5 NFL game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Carolina Panthers at Mercedes Benz Stadium

The New England Patriots have canceled their Friday practice because of another positive COVID-19 test, according to reporting from ESPN's Mike Reiss and Field Yates. Cowart tested positive Sunday, prompting the National Football League to push back the Pats-Broncos game into Week 6. And depending on how this story develops in the afternoon, another could be coming.

Jacksonville's game against the Detroit Lions on Sunday still is scheduled to be played. And without healthy players, that will be impossible.

Michel, Mason and Rivers joined defensive tackle Byron Cowart and center James Ferentz on the COVID-19 list.

The NFL has allowed teams in some instances to play games after a single positive test if there is no evidence of widespread transmission of the virus. Teams also have the option to elevate players as specific COVID-19 replacements for players who land on the reserve/COVID-19 list. He will not accompany the team to New England for Sunday's game against the Patriots.

"The health and safety of our players, coaches and staff, as well as their families, is our top priority", the Jaguars said in a written statement Saturday morning.

Quarterback Cam Newton and cornerback Stephon Gilmore returned to workouts Thursday after having earlier tested positive for Covid-19. That necessitated other schedule changes because the Broncos originally had been scheduled to play the Miami Dolphins this Sunday. Gilmore confirmed two days after that game that he had tested positive.

Denver's layoff is the longest in the league since 2001, when the NFL postponed all games on the weekend following the 9-11 terrorist attacks. Three teams - the Saints, Steelers and Buccaneers - had byes when play resumed a week later, so they all had 20 days between games that year.

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Of those three teams, only the Steelers won in their return to action.

Indianapolis closed its practice facility, then the four retests came back negative and the building reopened.

- The Atlanta Falcons on Friday resumed in-person work at their facility under more stringent safety measures. Michel wouldn't have played anyway as he is on injured reserve.

That means he will be able to play Sunday when the Browns face Pittsburgh.

Beckham was kept away from Cleveland's facility and didn't practice for two days after feeling ill on Thursday and being sent home.

The Panthers placed guard/center Tyler Larsen on the reserve/COVID-19 list five days after he played against Atlanta.

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