Report: Patriots Add Sony Michel, Shaq Mason, Derek Rivers To COVID-19 Record

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dangolka (CBS) — The Patriots added three extra gamers to the reserve/COVID-19 record on Saturday, at some point earlier than the workforce is ready to host the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium.

ESPN’s Area Yates reported that operating again Sony Michel, guard Shaq Mason, and defensive finish Derek Rivers had been all positioned on the record on Saturday.

That information comes at some point after middle James Ferentz was positioned on the record, as effectively.

The Athletic’s Jeff Howe reported that Michel — who’s on injured reserve — examined optimistic.

NFL Community’s Tom Pelissero famous that the NFL created stricter pointers for placement on the COVID-19 record this week.

Michel stays the workforce’s main rusher, regardless of his placement on injured reserve previous to the Patriots’ sport towards the Chiefs. The 25-year-old is just not eligible to return from IR till Week 8.

Mason, 27, was additionally inactive for the Chiefs sport, as he was coping with a calf damage. The suitable guard began the primary three video games of the season and missed simply 4 video games from 2016-19.

Rivers, 26, has been energetic for all 4 Patriots video games this season, registering 1.5 sacks and three whole tackles whereas taking a tick underneath 21 p.c of the workforce’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 observe squad defensive lineman Invoice Murray had been activated to the roster from the COVID-19 record after satisfying the NFL’s situations for removing.

To assist alleviate the losses on the energetic roster, the Patriots elevated 4 gamers from the observe squad for Sunday’s sport.

Earlier on Saturday, the Broncos introduced that their operating again had examined optimistic for COVID-19 and didn’t make the journey to New England with the workforce.

Regardless of the uptick in instances now involving each groups, all indications have pointed to the sport being performed as scheduled on Sunday at 1 p.m.

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