The New England Patriots’ bye week came earlier than expected as they continue to deal with positive COVID-19 cases within the organization.
Defensive tackle Byron Cowart became the fourth Patriots player to test positive for the novel virus on Sunday, following quarterback Cam Newton, cornerback Stephon Gilmore, and DT Bill Murray.
Shortly after the news of Cowart’s positive test, the NFL announced the Patriots-Broncos matchup that had been postponed to Monday night would be rescheduled for Sunday of the following week, when New England originally was supposed to have its bye week.
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But was this really the NFL’s decision, or did the Patriots force the issue with the league? Judging by cornerback Jason McCourty’s recent comments, it may have been the latter.