New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick said the health of the team comes at first place and then at the second place comes football. Last Friday, Patriots starting quarterback Cam Newton tested positive for the coronavirus -- just two days before the game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Patriots had no more positive tests and the league rescheduled the game for Monday and proceeded with it after no more tests came back as positive. A day after the Patriots were beaten by the Chiefs 26-10, practice squad defensive tackle Bill Murray also texted positive for the coronavirus.
On Wednesday, Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore also tested positive for the coronavirus. "There's nothing more important than the health of the team. Without a healthy team, you don't have a team. That's priority No.
1, and I'd say not only to our team but to their families and people that are close to them. That's always our No. 1 concern. We try to do everything we can to make that the best we can make it. That's the way it's always been, and that's not going to change.
Belichick says the Patriots preparing to play the Denver Broncos
The Patriots are still scheduled to play the Broncos on Sunday and Belichick says his team will be ready if the league proceeds with the game. "We continued our preparation for Denver with virtual calls, and we'll just kind of take the situation day by day," Belichick said.
"When we feel that it's safe for everyone to come back, we'll do that. We all have questions, and this is really more of a medical situation than a football situation. We'll work through the decisions and input from the people in the medical field -- combination of Pat."
Belichick declined to address whether he felt the Patriots should have played the Chiefs in those circumstances. "There are a lot of decisions that are out of our control, and so what I'm trying to do is focus on the things we have control over and make the best decisions we can in those situations," Belichick said.
"I think we knew at the beginning of the season that there were going to be challenges, and there have been. We're committed to working through them, and that's what we're doing." The Patriots, who split with their long-time quarterback Tom Brady this past offseason, have started the season with two wins and two losses.