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NFL: Chargers-Broncos game still on despite COVID-19 cases

Denver Broncos head coach Vic Fangio, center, talks with players before they take part in drills during a practice Wednesday at the team’s headquarters in Englewood. Practices Friday were canceled because of COVID-19.

ENGLEWOOD – The NFL said Friday that the Los Angeles Chargers’ game at Denver this weekend isn’t in jeopardy after players on both teams tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

“No, it is not. There’s no change to the status of the game,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told The Associated Press. “There have been 70-plus instances of a team having a player or players who test positive. The player is isolated and we conduct contact tracing to ensure to mitigate any risk of potential spread among the team.”

The game is scheduled for 2:05 p.m. Sunday.

The Broncos postponed practice Friday after learning starting right guard Graham Glasgow tested positive for COVID-19.

Glasgow was at home in self-isolation as were two players who were determined to have been in close contact.

“Hey everybody. I appreciate all the well wishes,” Glasgow tweeted Friday afternoon. “Feeling pretty good right now. I’m hoping to stay healthy through this and get back out on the field as soon as I can. Until then, stay safe and go Broncos!”

Glasgow’s position coach, Mike Munchak, has been absent since Wednesday for COVID-19 reasons. The team has declined to say whether Munchak or somebody close to him has the virus.

The Broncos (2-4) said they were conducting virtual meetings Friday in preparation for their game against the Chargers (2-4).

The Chargers also reported a positive COVID-19 test this week. They placed guard Ryan Groy on the league’s COVID-19 reserve list Thursday and canceled practice.

The Broncos, who are scheduled to return to practice Saturday, were already in the league’s intensive coronavirus protocols, which began when running backs coach Curtis Modkins contracted the virus two weeks ago. Modkins returned to work Monday.

Earlier this month, the Broncos were affected by an outbreak in New England, and their game at Gillette Stadium was delayed a week when several Patriots, including Cam Newton and Stephon Gilmore, contracted the coronavirus.

That essentially wiped out Denver’s bye week and forced the league to reschedule several games, including this weekend’s game in Denver which was originally slated for Nov. 22.