The New England Patriots are placing running back Sony Michel, guard Shaq Mason, and defensive end Derek Rivers on the reserve/COVID-19 list, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported Saturday.
The players must isolate themselves for 5 days. RB Sony Michel and DE Derek Rivers were already injured so the Patriots were planning to not have them regardless. All-Pro RG Shaq Mason is a huge hit on a line that really emphasizes running the ball. The offensive line is already missing Center David Andrews who is currently on IR.
The NFL was aware of the Patriots’ situation, with three more players landing on the reserve/COVID-19 list, and comfortable protocols have been followed sources report.
The team also elevated offensive tackle Caleb Benenoch to the practice squad and designated tight end Rashod Berry, defensive end Nick Thurman, and receiver Isaiah Zuber as COVID-19 replacements.