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The Denver Broncos players were screwed out of a Bye Week and will play the entire regular season without any extended time off. Unfortunately, that’s how the COVID-19 situation goes in 2020.
The Denver Broncos had their game this week against the New England Patriots cancelled and the NFL has since reworked their entire schedule to accommodate the COVID-19 outbreak within the Patriots organization.
For this week, the Broncos have been awarded a fake Bye Week where they worked all last week to prepare for the game originally scheduled in Week 5, but now it has been postponed and Denver enjoys that fake Bye Week instead.
Head Coach Vic Fangio had more level-headed response to the Broncos seemingly getting the short end of the stick with all of this.
“My daughter works as a nurse at a military hospital in San Antonio,” Fangio told Peter King. “She’s in the military and she came down with COVID because she’s a nurse at a hospital. She’s high-risk. She was real fatigued for three, four days, lost her sense of taste and smell. I’m just thankful that she has fully recovered from that. So, you know, that’s why I don’t get worked up about this stuff.
“Plus, this virus has caused a lot of heartache and pain for our country in the amount of sicknesses, in the amount of deaths, what it’s done to our economy, and what’s it’s done to people’s livelihoods, people’s businesses. If we have a game postponed and be inconvenienced that way, it’s minuscule compared to the bigger issue.”
The game against the Patriots will happen (theoretically) next Sunday for Week 6. Their game against the Miami Dolphins that was originally scheduled was moved all the way to Week 11 on November 22nd. While that Los Angeles Chargers game originally scheduled then was moved to the Broncos original Bye Week in Week 8 on November 1st.
Lots of ‘originally scheduled’ here for Denver and one has to wonder if this won’t be the first of many reworks the NFL will go through to maintain their 2020 regular season intact. Here is your full 2020 reworked Denver Broncos schedule.