For the second straight week, the New England Patriots have had their scheduled Sunday afternoon game moved to Monday night, as the team deals with several positive cases of the coronavirus.
The teams were informed late Thursday afternoon about the decision to move the game by the National Football League.
The game is now scheduled to kickoff Monday at 5 p.m. in Foxborough, and will air nationally on ESPN and on broadcast TV in Boston.
Last week it was Cam Newton, who tested positive two days before their match-up with Kansas City and was forced to sit out.
This week, the Patriots’ facility was closed for most of the week after reigning Defensive Player of the Year Stephon Gilmore joined Newton on the reserve/COVID-19 list along with practice-squad player Bill Murray.
The team’s practice facility in Foxborough has remained closed since Newton’s case was first revealed on Saturday, forcing the Patriots to alter their game prep for this week’s matchup with Denver, holding virtual meetings and film study.
“I think we knew at the beginning of the season that there were going to be challenges and there have been,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. “We’re committed to working through them and that’s what we’re doing.”