ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Whilst a couple of Denver Broncos gamers have bristled publicly about dealing with the New England Patriots on Monday as a substitute of Sunday, Broncos coach Vic Fangio closed the week with the message of “it is on us” to be able to play.
When the NFL introduced the sport could be moved to Monday attributable to issues over COVID-19 that resulted within the closure of the Patriots’ facility for 2 days, Broncos defensive finish Shelby Harris shortly took to social media, posting: “Why are we getting punished once we did nothing mistaken. Pats go on a bye subsequent week and we’re caught on a brief week enjoying dolphins assist it make sense.”
Why are we getting punished once we did nothing mistaken. Pats go on a bye subsequent week and we’re caught on a brief week enjoying the dolphins assist it make sense
— Shelby Harris (@ShelbyHarris93) October 8, 2020
And reserve deal with Calvin Anderson posted: “Us: Comply with protocols. Haven’t any constructive exams. Mitigate dangers as a staff. Outcome when opponent has a number of constructive exams: Sport is postponed and our staff is compelled into a brief week the next recreation. Hmmm”
-Comply with protocols
-Haven’t any constructive exams
-Mitigate dangers as a staff
Outcome when opponent has a number of constructive exams:
-Sport is postponed and our staff is compelled into a brief week the next recreation.
— Calvin Anderson (@THE_CONDA25) October 9, 2020
In actuality, whereas the Broncos will certainly now have a six-day week main as much as the Oct. 18 recreation in opposition to the Miami Dolphins, they may even have had an 11-day layoff between an Oct. 1 Thursday evening win over the New York Jets and Monday’s recreation in opposition to the Patriots.
A six-day week can also be frequent within the NFL in December every year when Saturday video games are sometimes on the schedule.
Fangio mentioned Friday his message to the staff was merely: These sorts of schedule changes are simply a part of the 2020 season.
“I feel from the beginning of this season, all the best way again to when coaching camp began, all of us knew that the NFL wouldn’t go clear with no constructive exams for the complete season,” Fangio mentioned. “We knew there could be some constructive exams, and people constructive exams would trigger some inconveniences and alter of schedules and changes. And it simply so occurs now that we’re a part of the changes. As a result of New England is our opponent this week; they’ve had some constructive exams. So it is on us to have the ability to alter to that, improvise and be able to play the sport on Monday evening, and I am assured we are going to try this.”
Requested how he would deal with the shorter week main as much as the Broncos’ recreation in opposition to the Dolphins, Fangio mentioned it could be enterprise as regular with a schedule the staff would observe after any Monday evening recreation.
“We’ll alter to the Miami recreation week identical to you all the time would while you come off a Monday evening recreation,” Fangio mentioned. “Clearly the gamers may have Tuesday off, and we’ll alter our Wednesday due to the Monday recreation; after which we’ll be fantastic heading into Miami with our preparations there.”
One profit for the Broncos heading into Monday’s recreation at New England is that the Broncos have practiced all through this previous week, whereas the Patriots closed their facility Wednesday and Thursday and carried out digital conferences.
The one clear benefit the Patriots might acquire by transferring the sport to Monday is the attainable return of quarterback Cam Newton to the lineup. Newton could be 10 days faraway from the constructive take a look at that positioned him to the reserve/COVID-19 checklist. Newton didn’t play within the Patriots’ loss to the Chiefs this previous Monday, and Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore has additionally since been moved to the reserve/COVID-19 checklist.
Gilmore isn’t anticipated to play in opposition to the Broncos, but when Newton has been asymptomatic over the previous 10 days — the Patriots haven’t mentioned whether or not or not he has been asymptomatic — he might play in opposition to the Broncos. Newton has not participated in any of the staff’s practices, and it has been reported that Jarrett Stidham, who entered the loss to the Chiefs in reduction of Brian Hoyer, will begin in opposition to the Broncos if Newton would not play.
Fangio mentioned the Broncos have practiced as if Newton will play and are ready for whichever quarterback is behind middle.
“We have been underneath that assumption the entire time, that [Newton] could be enjoying, after which alter if he isn’t — identical to Kansas Metropolis did final week when he received the late constructive take a look at within the week; identical to you do what Pittsburgh needed to do in opposition to us when Drew [Lock] received harm within the second sequence of our recreation; identical to you must do each week, in case the starter would not play for no matter cause,” Fangio mentioned. “So yeah, we’re anticipating Newton enjoying, however we’ll be prepared if he isn’t the quarterback.”