Broncos’ returner Diontae Spencer has been placed on the COVID-19 reserved/injured list, per Mike Klis’ reporting.
Spencer recently missed 3 games with a shoulder injury. Fill-in returners during that time were primarily Bryce Callahan on punts and Tyrie Cleveland on kickoffs. But Callahan has been banged up and Cleveland was inactive past 2 games upon Spencer's return so we'll see. #9sports https://t.co/gkCqzPtEgQ— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) November 27, 2020
Klis reported earlier this morning that a player texted him the Broncos had another couple of positive COVID-19 tests and will cancel today’s practice at UC Health Training Center.
Just got text from player: Broncos practice cancelled today, after player/staff tested positive for virus. #9sports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) November 27, 2020
The Broncos put out a statement soon after saying the team would go to its standby virtual meetings to get ready to play the Saints as planned on Sunday.
According to the Broncos, one player and two staff members have tested positive.
Yesterday, backup quarterback Jeff Driskel was placed on the COVID-19 reserved/injured list but practice continued as the medical personnel determined it was safe.
Brandon Krisztal reported today that a player texted him some Broncos are not happy now about that decision.
Text from a Broncos Player regarding positive Covid Test of a player today, on the heels of Jeff Driskel being placed in Covid Protocol yesterday and it said: “Not a good look...Players are not happy. We should’ve been sent home yesterday.” #BroncosCountry @KOAColorado— Brandon Krisztal (@BKDenverSports) November 27, 2020
Klis also noted that this is the third time in four weeks Broncos have had to cancel a practice for Covid concerns.
The NFL also issued on Monday updated COVID-19 protocols to teams, according to a memo obtained by NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, including more stringent mask rules, heftier fines and more travel restrictions.
Among the new restrictions:
- Beginning Week 12, the maximum number of players able to travel to road games will be reduced to 62
- Play-callers will now be required to wear a face mask or double-layered gaiter in addition to a face shield.
- Starting Nov. 30, access to club facilities will be limited to those designated as “Essential Football, Essential Support or Other Medical/Special Services.”
- Beginning with Week 13 games, all traveling parties with the team must wear N95 or KN95 masks on the team plane and/or team bus.