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Patriots cancel practice after another positive COVID-19 test

The New England Patriots are again regrouping due to the ongoing pandemic.

A Patriots player has tested positive for COVID-19, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero and Mike Giardi reported Friday, per a source informed of the situation. A second person within the organization has also tested positive for COVID-19, and is awaiting results of re-tests to confirm, Pelissero added.

New England canceled Friday's practice and media availability and are conducting meetings virtually.

Later the team placed center James Ferentz on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Pelissero reported per a source.

New England is preparing to face Denver in a game that originally was rescheduled from Oct. 11 to Oct. 12 in Week 5, and subsequently postponed to Week 6 because of COVID-19 concerns related to the positive tests of cornerback Stephon Gilmore and one additional Patriots player, which came nearly a week apart.

Broncos coach Vic Fangio told reporters Friday afternoon that his team still plans to fly to New England on Saturday.

"We're under the assumption and the understanding that this game is going to go off on time," Fangio said.

The new positive test arrives one day after Cam Newton -- New England's quarterback and first confirmed positive of the 2020 season -- returned to practice Thursday after testing positive near the beginning of October. Newton missed New England's Week 4 game against Kansas City, after which Gilmore also tested positive for COVID-19.

Gilmore returned to the team as well on Thursday for the Patriots' preparations to face Denver.

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