FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots have positioned beginning proper guard Shaq Mason, reserve defensive finish Derek Rivers and working again Sony Michel on the reserve/COVID-19 listing, a supply tells ESPN’s Discipline Yates.
These positioned on the reserve/COVID-19 listing both have examined constructive for COVID-19 or are an in depth contact to somebody who examined constructive.
On Friday, the Patriots canceled apply after a constructive COVID-19 check. Later that day, the membership positioned heart James Ferentz on the reserve/COVID-19 listing.
The Patriots host the Denver Broncos on Sunday (CBS, 1 p.m. ET), and Ferentz, Mason and Rivers is not going to play within the recreation. Michel would not have performed anyway as he’s on injured reserve.
Beginning defensive deal with Byron Cowart can also be on the reserve/COVID-19 listing, and won’t play within the recreation.
The NFL’s guidelines for 2020 accounted for groups having to fill voids like this, beginning with an elevated apply squad of 16 gamers, along with two waiver exceptions when transferring gamers between the apply squad and energetic roster as a part of a “customary elevation.” Groups even have the choice to raise gamers as particular COVID-19 replacements for gamers who land on the reserve/COVID-19 listing.
Alongside these traces, the Patriots elevated offensive lineman Caleb Benenoch from their apply squad Saturday as a part of a “customary elevation.”
As well as, defensive finish Rashod Berry, receiver Isaiah Zuber and defensive deal with Nick Thurman have been elevated as particular COVID-19 replacements for Sunday’s recreation.