NFL Rumors: Broncos RB Melvin Gordon Ruled Out vs. Patriots With Illness

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The Broncos will head to New England this weekend without running back Melvin Gordon.

Denver listed Gordon as questionable on Friday, but now he has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Patriots with an illness, according to NFL Network's Michael Giardi.

9News' Mike Klis first reported the news that Gordon has been diagnosed with strep throat, prompting the team to keep him home while he's contagious.

Gordon's illness comes amid a turbulent week that included him being charged with a DUI in Denver on Tuesday night.

Despite losing Gordon, the Broncos received the good news that running back Phillip Lindsay can be reactivated from injured reserve. Lindsay had been out since Week 1 after suffering a toe injury against the Titans.

Check out the latest news and rumors around the NFL:

  • The Chiefs ruled out Sammy Watkins and Kelechi Osemele for Monday's game against Buffalo. (Team announcement)
  • Falcons DE John Cominsky has tested positive for COVID-19. Defensive line coaches Tosh Lupoi and Jess Simpson will not travel to Minnesota, but Sunday's game between the Falcons and the Vikings is still on. (Tom Pelissero, NFL Network)
  • The Ravens placed nose tackle Brandon Williams on the reserve/COVID-19 list after he came in close contact with someone who has the virus. Williams did not test positive for COVID-19 and he must isolate for five days after the initial exposure, per NFL and NFLPA protocols. (Jamison Hensley, ESPN)
  • The Broncos learned on Saturday morning that running backs coach Curtis Modkins tested positive for COVID-19. Modkins, who is in self-isolation and is experiencing no symptoms, will not accompany the team to New England. (Team announcement)
  • Denver released QB Blake Bortles after signing him ahead of Week 3. Bortles joined the Broncos after Drew Lock suffered an injury against the Steelers in Week 2, but the UFC product was not active for either of the teams' games since his signing. (Team announcement)
  • The Patriots reopened their facility on Saturday after placing center James Ferentz on the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Friday. (Field Yates, ESPN)
  • Browns WR Odell Beckham Jr. tested negative for COVID-19 again on Saturday, clearing him to play in Sunday's game vs. the Steelers. Cleveland sent him home on Thursday with an illness. (Mary Kay Cabot,
  • The Jaguars shut down their facility on Saturday after a member of their practice squad tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday night. The team still plans to host the Lions on Sunday. (Team announcement)