BOSTON (CBS) — The Patriots added three extra gamers to the reserve/COVID-19 record on Saturday, in the future earlier than the group is about to host the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium.
ESPN’s Subject Yates reported that working again Sony Michel, guard Shaq Mason, and defensive finish Derek Rivers had been all positioned on the record on Saturday.
The Patriots are putting RB Sony Michel, G Shaq Mason and DE Derek Rivers all on the Reserve/COVID-19 record, per supply.
— Subject Yates (@FieldYates) October 17, 2020
That information comes in the future after heart James Ferentz was positioned on the record, as nicely.
Being positioned on the record doesn’t essentially imply that the gamers examined optimistic. It may as an alternative imply that the gamers had shut contact with somebody who is understood to have examined optimistic. As NFL Community’s Tom Pelissero famous, the NFL additionally created stricter pointers for placement on the COVID-19 record this week.
Value noting once more: The NFL added a brand new “excessive threat” shut contact class to the protocols this week and anybody in it should isolate for five days, thus touchdown on the record. My understanding is these strikes are usually not all the results of new optimistic COVID-19 circumstances. https://t.co/vpCyYpC4xD
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 17, 2020
Michel stays the group’s main rusher, regardless of his placement on injured reserve previous to the Patriots’ recreation in opposition to the Chiefs. The 25-year-old shouldn’t be eligible to return from IR till Week 8.
Mason, 27, was additionally inactive for the Chiefs recreation, as he was coping with a calf harm. The correct guard began the primary three video games of the season and missed simply 4 video games from 2016-19.
Rivers, 26, has been lively for all 4 Patriots video games this season, registering 1.5 sacks and three whole tackles whereas taking a tick beneath 21 % of the group’s defensive snaps.
The trio joins Ferentz and defensive lineman Byron Cowart on the reserve/COVID-19 record. Earlier within the week, quarterback Cam Newton, cornerback Stephon Gilmore, and follow squad defensive lineman Invoice Murray had been activated to the roster from the COVID-19 record after satisfying the NFL’s circumstances for removing.
To assist alleviate the losses on the lively roster, the Patriots elevated 4 gamers from the follow squad for Sunday’s recreation.
The Patriots are elevating OL Caleb Benenoch from the follow squad for Sunday’s recreation.
Additionally, DE Rashod Berry, WR Isaiah Zuber and DT NIck Thurman are being elevated as COVID-19 replacements.
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) October 17, 2020
Earlier on Saturday, the Broncos introduced that their working again had examined optimistic for COVID-19 and didn’t make the journey to New England with the group.
Regardless of the uptick in circumstances now involving each groups, all indications have pointed to the sport being performed as scheduled on Sunday at 1 p.m.