Andrew Siciliano not hosting Red Zone Channel after positive COVID-19 test

For the first time since DirecTV launched its Sunday Ticket Red Zone Channel in 2005, Andrew Siciliano is not be hosting the weekly NFL highlight show.

Shortly before Sunday's early games were set to kick off, Siciliano revealed on social media that he tested positive for COVID-19 and therefore would not be taking his familiar spot on TV sets across the country. 

After that positive result early Sunday morning, Siciliano said a retest came back negative. However, "out of the super-abundance of caution and to be respectful to my teammates, I'm sitting this one out."

Dan Hellie will take Siciliano's place in the anchor chair for Week 6.

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Until missing this week, Siciliano had hosted 260 consecutive Red Zone Sundays on DirecTV.

"I feel great, by the way," Siciliano said in his video announcement, "and I will be back ASAP."

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Denver Broncos at New England Patriots: Live stream, how to watch, odds, time

The matchup is finally on.

The New England Patriots will host the Denver Broncos on Sunday in a matchup that was rescheduled from last week after New England had positive tests for COVID-19. The Patriots canceled Friday's practice after another positive COVID-19 test but reopened their facility on Saturday.

Sunday's game will mark a return to action for both quarterbacks. The Patriots' Cam Newton sat out the Week 4 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs after testing positive for COVID-19. Now back in the lineup, he'll be seeking his first win over the Broncos, against whom he is 0-3 for his career. The Broncos' Drew Lock is also expected to start after missing the previous two games with a shoulder injury. 

In this Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton runs against the Las Vegas Raiders during an NFL football game at Gillette Stadium, in Foxborough, Mass. (Photo: Winslow Townson, AP)

Here's everything you need to know for Sunday:

What time does Broncos vs. Patriots start?

The game kicks off at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday, Oct. 18.

What TV channel is Broncos vs. Patriots on?

The game will be aired on CBS.

How can I watch Broncos vs. Patriots online via live stream?

Fans can watch the game via live stream on NFL RedZone or fuboTV.

What are the odds for Broncos vs. Patriots?

According to BetMGM, the line is Patriots -7.4 and the over/under is at 44.5.

Where can I find score updates for Broncos vs. Patriots?

USA TODAY Sports will have all the latest on the game in our box scores.

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New England Patriots cancel practice after positive COVID-19 test, per report

A day after Cam Newton and Stephon Gilmore returned from the COVID-19 list to practice, the New England Patriots had to pause activities due to coronavirus concerns once again.

The team canceled its Friday practice and media session after a positive test, ESPN reported, as the team awaits a positive test confirmation for a second individual.

On Sunday, the Patriots are scheduled to play the Denver Broncos, who they were supposed to originally face Oct. 10.

After Gilmore and practice squad defensive lineman Billy Murray also tested positive, the team’s game against the Broncos was moved to Monday night – a similar accommodation that followed Newton’s positive test on Oct. 3 that led to the Patriots’ contest against the Kansas City Chiefs moving back one day to a Monday evening matchup.

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Denver Broncos coach Vic Fangio tells his team not to shake Jets’ hands after game

After the Denver Broncos emerged victorious over the New York Jets 37-28 in a battle of the winless on Thursday Night Football, coach Vic Fangio wanted to make sure his team immediately returned to the locker room. 

While that may seem reasonable amid a pandemic, Fangio's instructions contained a different agenda. The 62-year-old wanted to make sure his team avoided any further extracurricular activities with the Jets, who committed six personal fouls, including three roughing the passer calls and two unnecessary roughness flags. 

“There was just a couple of personal fouls there at the end and our sideline was getting pissed off about it,” Fangio said after the game. “I just wanted to avoid any confrontation at the end of the game and having it get ugly there.”

Broncos HC Vic Fangio appeared to direct his team off of the field right as the clock hit 0:00 without interacting with the Jets at the end of tonight’s game.

Broncos quarterback Brett Rypien, making his first career NFL start, took a couple of hard hits from the Jets near the end of the game that also seemed to upset Denver's sideline. 

Still, some Broncos and Jets players mingled near midfield once the clock hit zero. Fangio motored across the playing surface toward the tunnel to the locker room and bypassed shaking hands with Jets coach Adam Gase, whose team is 0-4 for the second consecutive season. 

Denver Broncos head coach Vic Fangio reacts with offensive tackle Garett Bolles (72) after their game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. (Photo: Vincent Carchietta, USA TODAY Sports)

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