dangolka (CBS) — The Patriots added three extra gamers to the reserve/COVID-19 checklist on Saturday, someday earlier than the workforce is ready to host the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium.
ESPN’s Discipline Yates reported that working again Sony Michel, guard Shaq Mason, and defensive finish Derek Rivers have been all positioned on the checklist on Saturday.
The Patriots are putting RB Sony Michel, G Shaq Mason and DE Derek Rivers all on the Reserve/COVID-19 checklist, per supply.
— Discipline Yates (@FieldYates) October 17, 2020
That information comes someday after middle James Ferentz was positioned on the checklist, as properly.
Being positioned on the checklist doesn’t essentially imply that the gamers examined constructive. It may as a substitute imply that the gamers had shut contact with somebody who is thought to have examined constructive. As NFL Community’s Tom Pelissero famous, the NFL additionally created stricter pointers for placement on the COVID-19 checklist 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 checklist. My understanding is these strikes aren’t all the results of new constructive COVID-19 instances. https://t.co/vpCyYpC4xD
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 17, 2020
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 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 complete 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 checklist. Earlier within the week, quarterback Cam Newton, cornerback Stephon Gilmore, and observe squad defensive lineman Invoice Murray have been activated to the roster from the COVID-19 checklist after satisfying the NFL’s situations for elimination.
To assist alleviate the losses on the lively roster, the Patriots elevated 4 gamers from the observe squad for Sunday’s sport.
The Patriots are elevating OL Caleb Benenoch from the observe squad for Sunday's sport.
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 constructive 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.