October 8, 2020 | 8:57pm
The NFL’s growing number of coronavirus cases forced the NFL to postpone two Week 5 contests.
The Titans-Bills game, originally scheduled for Sunday, is being moved to 7 p.m. Tuesday on CBS and the Patriots-Broncos game on Sunday was moved to Monday at 5 p.m. on ESPN, the league announced Thursday.
As for the Tennessee game, there still is a chance it could be pushed back further if the Titans or Bills have another player test positive for the virus before that date. Next Thursday’s Bills-Chiefs game also is being moved to Sunday, Oct. 18, unless the Titans-Bills game has to be pushed back again, according to ESPN.
It is the second straight week, the Patriots have had their scheduled Sunday afternoon game moved to Monday night, as the team deals with several positive cases of the coronavirus.
The Patriots shut their practice facility Wednesday and Thursday after quarterback Cam Newton, cornerback Stephon Gilmore and practice-squad player Bill Murray all tested positive for coronavirus over a five-day period. Newton was held out of New England’s loss to the Chiefs on Monday after testing positive on Saturday. Gilmore didn’t test positive until Tuesday.
As for the Titans-Bills postponement, it comes after another Tennessee player tested positive for the virus, according to ESPN and multiple reports, bringing the total number of positive tests within the Tennessee organization to 23 since Sept. 24.
Titans tight end MyCole Pruitt and practice squad defensive back Breon Borders were added to the team’s Reserve/COVID-19 list, according to the website.
The Titans have been racked with coronavirus cases, and this was the second consecutive day that the team had a player test positive. Wide receiver Corey Davis was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list after testing positive on Wednesday.
Tennessee still could face discipline from the league for violating multiple coronavirus rules. Officials were in Nashville last Friday to investigate whether COVID-19 protocols were violated by the team.
Titans insider Paul Kuharsky reported on Wednesday that several players had held an organized workout at a local high school last week when the team was supposed to be in quarantine. He was sent photos of the workout.
It remains to be seen what penalties the NFL is willing to enforce. The league did send out a memo on Monday that said violators of COVID-19 protocol could face the loss of draft picks or even forfeiture of a game.