We’re seeing a new wave of COVID-19 outbreaks around the NFL world heading into Week 9 of the 2020 season. That includes at least three members of the Green Bay Packers being held out of Thursday night’s game. We can now add Denver Broncos general manager John Elway to this growing list, too.
Broncos GM John Elway tests positive for COVID-19
The report from NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport also indicates that Broncos CEO Joe Ellis has contracted the virus.
Obviously, the focus here should be on the health of both John Elway and Joe Ellis. However, there’s no reason to believe that any player on the Broncos is at risk of contracting COVID-19 from the two ahead of their Week 9 outing against the Atlanta Falcons.
At 60 years old, John Elway is not necessarily a part of the high-risk demographics when it comes to COVID-19. At 61 years old, Mr. Ellis isn’t, either.
All of this comes with outbreaks of the virus threatening to derail the 2020 NFL season.
Packers-49ers game a go despite COVID-19 outbreak
Packers running back A.J. Dillon tested positive for the virus ahead of this “Thursday Night Football” contest. Two other members of the Packers, who were in close contact with Dillon, have been placed on the reserve list and will not suit up in Santa Clara.
Potential Baltimore Ravens outbreak
Recently-extended star cornerback Marlon Humphrey tested positive for COVID-19 recently. He’s already out for Sunday’s big game against the Colts. Multiple media reports now suggest that several members of the Ravens might miss this Week 9 outing after coming in close contact with Mr. Humphrey.
John Elway and Joe Ellis contracting the virus adds another layer to this developing story. For now, the NFL is looking to forge ahead with the season as COVID-19 cases in the United States continue to spike. Whether that continues remains to be seen.