Patriots put Shaq Mason, Sony Michel, Derek Rivers on COVID list

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The Patriots added center James Ferentz to the reserve/COVID-19 list on Friday and three more players went on the list Saturday.

According to multiple reports, the team has placed right guard Shaq Mason, running back Sony Michel, and defensive end Derek Rivers on the list.

The list is reserved for players who have tested positive or had close contacts with those who have. The Patriots have had several players test positive over the last couple of weeks and shut their facility after a positive test, presumably Ferentz’s, on Friday.

Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports that Mason, Michel and Rivers have not tested positive for COVID-19. The league’s protocols call for “high risk” close contacts to isolate for five days.

Mason did not play in Week Four because of a calf injury and is listed as questionable. Michel is on injured reserve, so he wasn’t set to play against the Broncos on Sunday.

Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports the team is flexing offensive lineman Caleb Benenoch up from the practice squad for Sunday’s game. Defensive end Rashod Berry, wide receiver Isaiah Zuber and defensive tackle Nick Thurman will be elevated as replacements for players on the COVID-19 list.

9 responses to “Patriots put Shaq Mason, Sony Michel, Derek Rivers on COVID list

  1. The Patriots will win anyway. A couple of plays turning out a little differently and they’d have beaten Seattle and Peaches Mahomes.

  2. So the Broncos at Patriots game is still on? I only ask because I live in Los Angeles and that is the early CBS game instead of Browns at Steelers.

  3. I don’t get it. Last week 3 Patriots tested positive and you postpone the game. This week 4 test positive but the game is still on. Explain please NFL.

  4. footballpat says:
    October 17, 2020 at 6:43 pm

    I don’t get it. Last week 3 Patriots tested positive and you postpone the game. This week 4 test positive but the game is still on. Explain please NFL.

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    None of the three in the headline tested positive. They’re on the list because of the “close contact” 5-day isolation rule. This is explained in Alper’s post.

  5. None of the three in the headline tested positive. They’re on the list because of the “close contact” 5-day isolation rule. This is explained in Alper’s post.
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    Actually read the Boston Globe Michel did test positive.

  6. The wheels on the Patriot’s covid bus are starting to wobble

    Try as they might, this is only going to get worse

  7. If it’s accurate that Sony Michel has tested positive, then I suppose the distinction that is justifying having the game go on tomorrow is that he was on IR and maybe there wasn’t anything to indicate close contact with anyone on the team.

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