Patriots place Sony Michel, two others on COVID-19/reserve list
Michel among three pats on the COVID-19 / reserve list originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
* UPDATE (6:00 p.m. ET): The Patriots have officially put Sony Michel, Shaq Mason and Derek Rivers on their COVID-19 / reserve list as per the NFL Transaction Wire.
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And then it was ... eight.
The New England Patriots put three more players - Sony Michel, offensive guard Shaq Mason and Derek Rivers - on their COVID-19 / reserve list, ESPN's Field Yates reported on Saturday.
The Athletic's Jeff Howe said Michel was the only one of these three players to test positive for COVID-19.
Quarterback Cam Newton became the first Patriots player to make the COVID-19 / Reserve list prior to the week four New England game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
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Defensive tackle Bill Murray and cornerback Stephon Gilmore joined Newton the following week, and defensive tackle Byron Cowart was on the list last Sunday, forcing the Patriots to reschedule their game against the Denver Broncos from week 5 to week 6.
Newton and Gilmore rejoined the team this week, and the Patriots reportedly reopened their facility on Saturday morning despite Center James Ferentz being placed on the COVID-19 / reserve list on Friday.
Given that three more players are believed to have been affected by the virus, it is worth asking if Sunday's Patriots-Broncos game will be canceled, especially after Denver's running backs coach tested positive for COVID-19.
However, as of Saturday afternoon, the game is still set to 1pm. ET on Sunday, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero:
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