The Patriots added center James Ferentz to the reserve / COVID-19 roster on Friday and three other players were added to the roster on Saturday.
According to multiple reports, the team placed right guard Shaq Mason, running back Sony Michel and defensive end Derek Rivers on the list.
The list is reserved for players who have tested positive or have had close contact with those who have. The Patriots have had several players test positive over the past two weeks and shut down their facilities after testing positive, presumably Ferentz, on Friday.
Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports that Mason, Michel and Rivers have not tested positive for COVID-19. League protocols call for close “high-risk” contacts to be isolated for five days.
Mason did not play in week four due to a calf injury and is considered questionable. Michel is on the injured reserve, so he wasn’t ready to play against the Broncos on Sunday.
ESPN.com’s Mike Reiss reports that offensive lineman Caleb Benenoch is coming off the practice squad for Sunday’s game. Defensive end Rashod Berry, wide receiver Isaiah Zuber and defensive tackle Nick Thurman will be bred to replace players on the COVID-19 roster.