Patriots cancel practice after player tested positive for coronavirus

The Jets and Colts shut down facilities after positive tests, only to resume normal operations after a second round of tests came back negative.
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latest coronavirus case hitting the NFL right now. Word of a positive test for the patriots, a player there as the league struggles to keep its players healthy. ABC's Alex Presha joins us from FedEx field in landover, Maryland, with more on that Alex, good morning. Reporter: Whit, good morning. At least here in Maryland, the governor says things are moving in the right direct, key health metrics are slow and stable and will start allowing fans in the stadium here and in Baltimore where the ravens play. 10% capacity, all wearing masks. It's a win, but the key is, can the rest of the league keep this momentum going? This morning, the coronavirus is threatening a delay of game for the NFL. In new England, the patriots forced to cancel their Friday practice after another positive test. The pats were sled to play the Denver broncos Sunday, a game already rescheduled twice after star qb cam newton and others tested positive for the virus earlier this month. We learn things every day and we continue to try to take steps to put everybody's safety at the very top of the list. Reporter: The Atlanta falcons and Tennessee titans have also reported positive cases frustrating players and coaches. Teams now calling audibles scheduling makeup games during bye weeks. The jets and colts shut down facilities after positive tests, only to resume normal operations after a second round of tests came back negative. But these unwanted time-outs have some worried about the future of the season. Some experts say you have to look at the big picture. Overall, considering that we are in week six in the NFL, there haven't been a significant amount of positive tests considering how many players, how many members of these organizations are getting tested every single day. Reporter: Still the league is taking more action, implementing new isolation protocols, sending players home if they don't feel well. The case for browns star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. Even though he tested negative for covid and discussion of a playoff bubble like the NBA and MLB. Whether the game happens will be a good gaunl for the rest of the season. Both teams have already used any further delay could put the remaining 12-week schedule in serious jeopardy. I believe the NFL will go the full season and we will see the super bowl played in Tampa as scheduled. Reporter: Today, the NFL is starting a testing protocol process for newly acquired players, so free agents and also players traded to new teams will have the clock start on a six-day covid entry process the day they arrive with their new team. So we'll see what happens there. But Alex, I do want to ask you about college football now, the NCAA has postponed or canceled dozens of games for virus-related reasons since late August. What can you tell us about two teams that are slated to hit the field today and a very big high-profile positive result. Reporter: Well, so, whit, Nick Saban, the head coach of the perennial powerhouse Alabama team tested positive for the virus earlier this week. Now he has since tested negative on Thursday and per S.E.C. Guidelines, if Saban posts two negative tests before -- that are 24 hours apart before tonight's game he could be on the sideline for their bout this evening with number three-ranked Georgia. Whit. All right, that will be a big development. Alex Presha for us, thank you so

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