Patriots Place Sony Michel, Shaq Mason, Derek Rivers On Reserve/COVID-19 List

Just as the Patriots took their two highest-profile players off the reserve/COVID-19 list, they placed three more players on it. Sony Michel, Shaq Mason and Derek Rivers landed on the list Saturday, per Field Yates of ESPN.com (on Twitter).

Michel has tested positive, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports (on Twitter). Mason and Rivers have not. Although Michel was on New England’s IR list, this is certainly a situation to monitor for the league. The NFL moved the Patriots’ Week 4 game to Monday after Cam Newton‘s positive test surfaced the previous Saturday and postponed the Denver-New England Week 5 game to the following Monday and then, after another Pats positive test emerged Sunday morning, delayed it another week.

Players do not have to test positive for the coronavirus to be placed on teams’ COVID lists; they can land on there if they are deemed close contacts of someone who has tested positive. The Pats took Newton and Stephon Gilmore off their list this week but still have multiple players on it. James Ferentz and defensive end Byron Cowart were already on New England’s COVID list.

Approaching 4pm CT Saturday, the Pats’ Week 6 game against the Broncos remains scheduled for noon Sunday. The NFL was aware of the team’s impending Saturday adjustment to its COVID list, per Tom Pelissero of NFL.com (on Twitter). However, the Pats did not resume practice until Thursday — after their game against the Broncos was moved off its Monday date — and canceled their in-person workouts Friday because of another positive test.

Michel has been on New England’s IR list since before their Week 4 game against the Chiefs; Mason missed Week 4 and was questionable for Week 6. The Pats will be down Mason and Ferentz from their starting O-line on Sunday, should the game remain scheduled. Rivers has played 21% of the Patriots’ defensive snaps this season; the defensive end has 1.5 sacks.

To help with depth, the Pats have elevated tackle Caleb Benenoch, tight end Rashod Berry, defensive end Nick Thurman and wide receiver Isaiah Zuber from their practice squad to their active roster.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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    • despicable_you

      It’s easier to fool the masses, than to convince the masses they’re being fooled

      • earmbrister

        Sick, Herman Cain was “in” on the scam and now he’s in a casket. Chris Christie was “in” on the scam and then he was in a hospital ICU fighting for his life. 220,000 Americans were “in” on the scam and now they are in a cemetary. It will be 400,000 dead Americans by February. Some scam.

        • tigerd7335

          Dude the guy is obviously sick and deranged how else can you explain anyone with a brain calling Covid a scam and watch that idiot will test positive with in a month because well he is an obnoxious idiot who thinks Covid is a scam and while this maybe in bad taste I hope he gets and winds up on a ventilator and the same goes for anyone else who thinks Covid is a scam

    • ron swanson

      Dozens of other countries that have hundreds of thousands of cases are scamming as well? Moron.

    • MoneyBallJustWorks

      Ah yes, the it’s a scam and you sheep are being fooled argument.

      I bet it’s Barack, Hillary and Joe who killed more than a million people worldwide as well.

    • miltpappas

      Amen to that. Any player with a head cold is being told he has COVID just to continue to dupe the public. If there’s a pandemic, why are they allowing sweaty men to line up face-to-face without masks and allowing people in the stands? My bank isn’t even open.

      • MoneyBallJustWorks

        because Greed “Trumps” Sanity

        also the issue is not sports being played, it’s how the league is doing it. Right now a COVID-19 positive test on a team has meant that a team cannot play, a team may need to postpone and a team can play. There is no consistency.

    • forwhomjoshbelltolls

      No capitalization of the opening C. No Capitalization of the A in American. No period to end the sentence.

      Why bother with the comma?

  1. madmc44

    Why because people like Trump don’t listen to science. The league should increase the number of players on Roster to 60.
    Players testing positive can’t return without 2 neg. tests
    Require Masks at all times by players & Coaches.
    No midfield chatter after games
    Spouses should be tested like players
    If teams aren’t clean in 3 days forfeit game

  2. markdavisbarber

    Looks like another attempt to get the Patriots to a prime time showing and possibly another bye week.

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