Denver Broncos hold practice Saturday after no new positive COVID-19 tests

The Denver Broncos are returning to practice on Saturday with no new positives in the latest round of COVID-19 testing, NFL Network's James Palmer reported.

The news comes a day after it was learned one player and two staff members tested positive for COVID-19, which canceled Friday's practice. Backup quarterback Jeff Driskel was placed on the reserve/COVID list on Thursday.

In an effort to conduct close contact tracing and determine who may be a high-risk contact, Denver pulled QBs Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and Blake Bortles from Saturday's practice, Palmer and NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport later reported, per a source. Palmer reported earlier in the day that the Broncos planned to have a light practice in the morning.

Palmer added that the remaining QBs were cleared by the team and the NFL to practice Thursday following news of Driskel's positive test because it was determined they had minimal contact with Driskel. The conversations about close contact tracing started at 4 a.m. MT Thursday morning, he noted.

The NFL and the Broncos are in discussions on how to move forward, Rapoport reported.

As of now, the Broncos (4-6) are still set to host the New Orleans Saints (8-2) in the late afternoon slate of Sunday's games.

Here's other COVID-related news Around the NFL is monitoring on Saturday:

  • Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner has tested positive for COVID-19, sources tell NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala. A Steelers assistant coach has also tested positive, according to Kinkhabwala.
  • Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor was placed on the reserve/COVID list and has been subsequently ruled out for Sunday. A source tells NFL Network's Tom Pelissero that the rookie RB hasn't tested positive for COVID-19, but a positive result from his girlfriend on Friday has forced him into quarantine per the league protocols.
  • New Orleans Saints tackle Terron Armstead tweeted out Saturday that he has tested positive for COVID-19, which would rule him out for Sunday. The team has yet to confirm Armstead's positive test.
  • The Baltimore Ravens placed Jaylon Ferguson, D.J. Fluker, Broderick Washington, Will Holden, Khalil Dorsey and Tavon Young on the reserve/COVID-19 list. A total of 18 Ravens have been placed on the list this week.

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