Broncos’ Joe Ellis, John Elway have the coronavirus

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Two top executives with the Denver Broncos are dealing with the symptoms of the coronavirus. The team announced that President & CEO Joe Ellis and Executive Vice President of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway have the infectious virus.

Both men are in isolation at this time. They will be away from the team for at least 14 days unless these are false positives, which it does not appear to be.

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COVID-19 (Photo by the CDC)

“Broncos President & CEO Joe Ellis as well as President of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway were informed this morning they tested positive for COVID-19,” the Broncos said in a statement. “After not feeling 100 percent on Sunday morning, Joe promptly reported his symptoms to our medical team and watched Sunday’s game at home as a precaution. He continued to work from home on Monday before receiving a positive test result this morning. John immediately left UCHealth Training Center on Monday morning after experiencing minor symptoms that he quickly brought to the attention of our medical staff.

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“Other than mild symptoms, both Joe and John are doing well. They will continue to work from home in self-isolation and participate in virtual meetings while their health is monitored. Based on a review of contact tracing data with the league, we are confident these cases originated independently outside team facilities. There were minimal close contacts identified for each (no players or coaches), and those individuals have been notified.

At this time, no players and coaches have been impacted. The team is preparing for their road game against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia on Sunday.

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Ellis missed the team’s home game against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday. It was the first-time that he had missed a home game in 26 years.

Besides Ellis and Elway, the Broncos also have three coaches in the COVID-19 list. Those include Defensive Coordinator Ed Donatell, Offensive Line Coach Mike Munchak, and Running Backs coach Curtis Modkins.

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