John Elway Broncos head of state Joe Ellis test favorable for coronavirus

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By Arnie Stapleton, The Associated Press

ENGLEWOOD — The Denver Broncos say that general manager John Elway and team president Joe Ellis have tested positive for COVID-19.

The Broncos have had three assistant coaches go under the league’s COVID-19 protocols — Curtis Modkins, Mike Munchak and Ed Donatell — in addition to right guard Graham Glasgow, in addition to others in the building who have also been infected by the novel coronavirus.


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The Broncos said both Elway and Ellis are feeling well and will continue to work from home in self-isolation while their health is monitored.

The team said Ellis, who missed a Broncos home game for the first time in 26 years Sunday after feeling ill, was informed Tuesday morning of his positive test.

Elway felt minor symptoms Monday and left his office to work at home. He, too, was informed Tuesday morning of his positive test.

“Based on a review of contact tracing data with the league, we are confident these cases originated independently outside team facilities,” the Broncos said in a written statement. “There were minimal close contacts identified for each (no players or coaches), and those individuals have been notified.”

Coronavirus cases and hospitalizations are spiking in Colorado, which has prompted a number of new restrictions on people’s movement.

The Broncos (3-4) visit the Atlanta Falcons (2-6) on Sunday.

The Colorado Sun contributed to this report.

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