BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The NFL has announced schedule changes for several upcoming games due to COVID-19, including the New England Patriots' Week 5 face-off against the Denver Broncos.
According to the league's announcement, the Patriots-Broncos game originally scheduled at Gillette Stadium for Sunday is now scheduled for Monday at 5 p.m. EST on ESPN.
The League also said Sunday's Buffalo Bills at Tennessee Titans game has been moved to Tuesday at 7 p.m. EST on CBS, and the Kansas City Chiefs at Bills Week 6 game set for next Thursday will be moved to "later in the weekend."
"These scheduling decisions were made to ensure the health and safety of players, coaches and game day personnel and in consultation with medical experts," the NFL said. "This will mark the second consecutive week in which the Patriots have had a Sunday game moved to Monday. Their Week 4 game against the Chiefs also was rescheduled."
The schedule change comes days after Patriots star cornerback Stephon Gilmore tested positive for COVID-19. The NFL said Gilmore was the third Patriots player to have tested positive, along with quarterback Cam Newton and practice-squad defensive lineman Bill Murray.
Earlier Thursday, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported the Patriots had zero new positive COVID-19 tests stemming from Wednesday's testing, and NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported that the Patriots will continue to work virtually Friday with their facility closed.
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