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Denver Broncos unfold out to stem league-sweeping COVID-19

Denver Broncos unfold out to stem league-sweeping COVID-19

Broncos have had 13 gamers in protocols in previous 7 weeks, together with 4 who’re at the moment on the reserve record. 94 NFL gamers have examined constructive since Monday.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Broncos proceed to separate as a lot as potential in hopes of stemming the COVID-19 virus that’s sweeping the NFL.

Greater than 90 gamers throughout the league have examined constructive for the virus previously three days. Seven groups – the Rams, Bears, Falcons, Browns, Washington, Lions and Vikings – have gone to all digital conferences.

Whereas the Broncos haven’t been hit as onerous as different groups in current days, they haven’t been proof against the virus.

They’ve had 13 gamers, plus offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, check constructive for the virus previously seven weeks. They at the moment have 4 gamers within the COVID-19 protocols: Beginning outdoors linebacker Malik Reed, backup security P.J. Lock, backup operating again Mike Boone and observe squad receiver Seth Williams.

RELATED: Malik Reed out with COVID-19 whereas Bryce Callahan returns

The Broncos adjusted their setup a number of weeks in the past by shifting offensive conferences to the spacious Pat Bowlen Fieldhouse and defensive conferences to bigger rooms. Masks have additionally turn into obligatory indoors, and testing for Tier-2 workers has elevated.

“We don’t have to try this, however we’ve been doing that for an excellent bit proper now,’’ Broncos head coach Vic Fangio mentioned on Monday. “We’ll see the place it goes this subsequent day or two. We could need to do extra.”

The Broncos have been among the many most affected groups by the virus final season, most notably in a November sport towards New Orleans through which all 4 quarterbacks have been sidelined due to COVID-19 protocols.

RELATED: Broncos QB Drew Lock sidelined with COVID-19

This 12 months the one starters who’ve missed not less than one sport are tight finish Noah Fant, left sort out Garett Bolles and Reed.

Different groups have been extra adversely affected, nevertheless, together with the Lions who needed to name up 7 observe squad gamers to play of their 38-10 loss to the Broncos on Sunday at Empower Area at Mile Excessive. In all, 96 gamers have been positioned in COVID-19 protocols with 94 testing constructive.

“You discover it, clearly, and you recognize it could possibly occur to you,’’ Fangio mentioned. “It’s not simply, ‘Nicely, that’s their drawback.’ It may find yourself being our drawback similar to final 12 months—should you keep in mind—once we have been on the flawed aspect of New England’s drawback. We misplaced our bye and had our sport postponed. I advised the group, ‘Hey, it may come our method sooner or later.’ It did as you guys know.”

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