If the Patriots and Broncos played last week as scheduled, the Patriots likely would have been without Cam Newton and Stephon Gilmore as they were on the COVID list.
Now that the game has been rescheduled for this week, it seems very likely both players will be back on the field.
Speaking to reporters Thursday, Broncos offensive lineman Dalton Risner indicated he's happy these two are back on the field playing as he would rather beat the Patriots with them active.
“You know what, I would rather go into Foxborough and beat [Patriots QB] Cam Newton and [Patriots CB Stephon] Gilmore on the Patriots than go in there and not beat Newton and Gilmore," he said. "And then come home and have the Patriots say, ‘Well what if we had all of our players?’ Because we’re a great football team, I know that. Regardless of who’s starting on defense, regardless of who’s starting at quarterback, we’ve got to go in there and play Broncos football.
"We’re a good football team and we can go in there and win regardless of who they play. We’ve got a lot of guys getting healthy. We got a little bit of time off. The schedule change is hard—of course we would have liked to know so we can take a bye week instead of practicing all week. But we got two weeks to prepare for the Patriots so we should be fully prepared to go in there and get a win. It’s going to be fun.”
Denver comes into the game 1-3, while the Patriots are 2-2.