FOXBOROUGH, Massachusetts. – The Patriots of New England have placed starting right-back Shack Mason, reserve defensive end Derek Rivers and running back Sony Michel to the reserve list / COVID-19, ESPN source told Field Yates.
Those who are on the reserve list / COVID-19 either test positive for COVID-19 or are in close contact with those who have passed the test.
On Friday, the Patriots canceled the practice after a positive test for COVID-19. Later that day, the club placed the James Ferenc Center in the COVID-19 reserve / list.
On Sunday, the Patriots host Denver Broncos (CBS, 13:00 Pacific Time), while Ferenc, Mason and Rivers will not play in this game. Michelle would not play in any case, as he is in reserve for injuries.
Byron Covert, who is starting defensive competitions, is also on the reserve list / COVID-19 and will not play in the game.
The NFL rules for 2020 take into account that teams have to fill such gaps, starting with an increased squad of 16 players, in addition to the two exceptions to refusing to move players between the training team and the active staff as part of a “standard promotion”. Teams also have the opportunity to raise players as specific replacements for COVID-19 for players who fall into the reserve list / COVID-19.
In that direction, the Patriots lifted canonist striker Caleb Benenoch out of his training squad on Saturday as part of a “standard elevation.”
In addition, defender Rashod Berry, receiver Isaiah Zuber and defender Nick Thurman have been promoted as specific COVID-19 replacements for Sunday’s game.