The New England Patriots have a full-on COVID-19 outbreak on their hands. On Saturday, the team placed Sony Michel, Shaq Mason, and Derek Rivers on the COVID-19 reserve list.
View this post on Instagram
The Patriots placed Sony Michel, Derek Rivers and Shaq Mason on the COVID-19 reserve list. Mason nor Rivers will play on Sunday, and Michel was already on IR. ESPN’s Mike Reiss wrote: The New England Patriots have placed starting right guard Shaq Mason, reserve defensive end Derek Rivers and running back Sony Michel on the reserve/COVID-19 list, a source tells ESPN’s Field Yates. Those placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list either have tested positive for COVID-19 or are a close contact to someone who tested positive. On Friday, the Patriots canceled practice after a positive COVID-19 test. Later that day, the club placed center James Ferentz on the reserve/COVID-19 list. The Patriots host the Denver Broncos on Sunday (CBS, 1 p.m. ET), and Ferentz, Mason and Rivers will not play in the game. Michel wouldn’t have played anyway as he is on injured reserve. Starting defensive tackle Byron Cowart is also on the reserve/COVID-19 list, and will not play in the game. #Patriots #NewEnglandPatriots #CamNewton #StephonGilmore #DevinMcCourty #JasonMcCourty #JoshMcDaniels #JCJackson #LawrenceGuy #ChaseWinovich #JoshUche #KyleDugger #JoeThuney #JamesWhite #DamienHarris #JarrettStidham #AdamButler #JJTaylor #DevinAsiasi #DaltonKeene #JulianEdelman #NKealHarry #GunnerOlszewski #DavidAndrews #BillBelichick #RobertKraft #AFCEast #AFC #NFL
A post shared by Pats Nation 365 (@pats_nation_365) on Oct 17, 2020 at 4:40pm PDT
According to Jeff Howe of The Athletic, Michel tested positive, but Mason nor Rivers did, but both were still placed on the list.
Sony Michel has tested positive and is being placed on the COVID-19 list. Shaq Mason and Derek Rivers have not tested positive but are being placed on the COVID-19 list, per source.
— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) October 17, 2020
What Does This Mean for Michel?
As long as he isn’t symptomatic and doesn’t develop any issues down the road, Michel will be the least impacted out of the latest group that was placed on the COVID-19 list. Michel was already on injured reserve and wouldn’t have played on Sunday in any case.
Second-year-pro Damien Harris will get his second straight start for the team. Michel will not be able to use the Patriots’ facility to rehab his quad injury, which could have an impact on …read more