The New England Patriots have a full-on COVID-19 outbreak on their fingers. On Saturday, the workforce positioned Sony Michel, Shaq Mason, and Derek Rivers on the COVID-19 reserve checklist.
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The Patriots positioned Sony Michel, Derek Rivers and Shaq Mason on the COVID-19 reserve checklist. Mason nor Rivers will play on Sunday, and Michel was already on IR. ESPN’s Mike Reiss wrote: The New England Patriots have positioned beginning proper guard Shaq Mason, reserve defensive finish Derek Rivers and working again Sony Michel on the reserve/COVID-19 checklist, a supply tells ESPN’s Subject Yates. These positioned on the reserve/COVID-19 checklist both have examined constructive for COVID-19 or are an in depth contact to somebody who examined constructive. On Friday, the Patriots canceled observe after a constructive COVID-19 check. Later that day, the membership positioned heart James Ferentz on the reserve/COVID-19 checklist. The Patriots host the Denver Broncos on Sunday (CBS, 1 p.m. ET), and Ferentz, Mason and Rivers is not going to play within the recreation. Michel would not have performed anyway as he’s on injured reserve. Beginning defensive deal with Byron Cowart can also be on the reserve/COVID-19 checklist, and won’t play within the recreation. #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
In response to Jeff Howe of The Athletic, Michel examined constructive, however Mason nor Rivers did, however each have been nonetheless positioned on the checklist.
Sony Michel has examined constructive and is being positioned on the COVID-19 checklist. Shaq Mason and Derek Rivers haven’t examined constructive however are being positioned on the COVID-19 checklist, per supply.
— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) October 17, 2020
What Does This Imply for Michel?
So long as he isn’t symptomatic and doesn’t develop any points down the street, Michel would be the least impacted out of the most recent group that was positioned on the COVID-19 checklist. Michel was already on injured reserve and wouldn’t have performed on Sunday in any case.
Second-year-pro Damien Harris will get his second straight begin for the workforce. Michel will be unable to make use of the Patriots’ facility to rehab his quad harm, which might have an effect on his conditioning when he’s wholesome sufficient to return.
What Does This Imply for Mason?
The state of affairs is a bit more impacting on a soccer stage for Mason. It goes with out saying, we hope Mason stays wholesome all through the method and by no means checks constructive. It appears he could have are available in contact with somebody who has examined constructive, or maybe he was feeling unwell however hadn’t examined constructive for COVID-19.
In any case, the Patriots are shedding their beginning proper guard. The offensive line has been a consistently reshuffling group because the offseason when Marcus Cannon opted out of the season as a result of considerations with COVID-19. From there, David Andrews was positioned on injured reserve and earlier within the week, backup heart James Ferentz examined constructive for COVID-19 and was additionally positioned on the reserve checklist.
CLNS’ Evan Lazar is predicting the Patriots will begin deal with Justin Herron in Mason’s spot.
My guess is the #Patriots go along with Wynn-Onwenu-Thuney-Herron-Eluemunor tomorrow, or some mixture of these 5.
— Evan Lazar (@ezlazar) October 17, 2020
What Does This Imply for Rivers?
The oft-injured Rivers hasn’t examined constructive, however like Mason, he could have been experiencing some signs or been uncovered to somebody who has the virus.
He’s made an influence on protection this season together with his potential as a move rusher. He has 1.5 sacks on the younger season. Nevertheless, the Patriots are probably in just a little higher place to compensate for his absence than Mason.