The New England Patriots are placing running back Sony Michel, right guard Shaq Mason, and defensive end Derek Rivers on the reserve/COVID-19 list heading into Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.
The moves are not all the result of new positive COVID-19 tests within the organization, Pelissero adds. The NFL added a new “high-risk” close-contact category to its virus protocols, under which any player who’s designated as such must isolate for five days.
New England incurred its latest COVID-19 scare Friday upon discovering one new positive test, plus a second that required confirmation. The club closed its facilities for multiple days beginning Oct. 11 to stop a potential spread within the building.
The league is reportedly aware of the Patriots’ situation and comfortable that protocols have been followed. As a result, Sunday’s game against Denver will proceed as scheduled.
Michel is already on injured reserve with a quad injury, and Mason missed last week’s game with a calf ailment.