The Patriots received an unexpected bye week when their Week 5 game against the Denver Broncos was shifted from Sunday to Monday, and then from Monday to the following weekend, but it appears they're getting back on track toward some normalcy this week.
New England had no new positive COVID-19 tests from Monday's round of testing, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported. On Wednesday, the Patriots will return to their facility, but will have a "Monday-like schedule," Pelissero reported, with lifting, running and meetings. A first practice back is likely to occur on Thursday.
The Kansas City Chiefs, who played against the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday after facing New England last week, also had no new positives from Monday's COVID-19 testing, per Pelissero.
Cornerback Stephon Gilmore was one of multiple Patriots who tested positive for COVID-19 following New England's Week 4 loss to Kansas City, but shared an encouraging message on Instagram Monday: