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COVID-19 concerns continued to pile up for the New England Patriots on the eve of their Sunday home game against the Denver Broncos.
First reported by ESPN’s Field Yates, three Patriots were placed on the COVID-19/Reserve list Saturday, joining teammate James Ferentz, who was placed there Friday after testing positive.
Yates reported running back Sony Michel, guard Shaq Mason and defensive end Derek Rivers were all put on COVID-19 reserve.
Jeff Howe of The Athletic reported Michel has tested positive, but Mason and Rivers have not.
With the NFL’s changes to policies surrounding COVID-19, it’s possible the Patriots players were added to the list because they were deemed “high risk” after contact tracing.
Using the NFL wire as a source, Sports Illustrated’s Abert Breer tweeted three other players from active rosters were added to the COVID reserve – Baltimore defensive tackle Brandon Williams, Atlanta defensive tackle John Cominsky and Jacksonville defensive end Josh Mauro.
Twelve members of the Jaguars’ practice squad also went on the COVID-19 list because of contact tracing.
Saturday night, the Patriots announced they elevated four players from their practice squad to the active roster, three as COVID replacements.
Coming back as a COVID replacement is wide receiver Isaiah Zuber, who has seen time on the field this year, and defensive tackle Nick Thurman, who has played in two games.
Tight end/defensive end Rashod Berry was the third of the COVID replacements.
Caleb Benenoch was also moved up from the practice squad to the 53 in a standard elevation move.