Update 10/16/20: Patriots place center James Ferentz on Reserve/COVID-19 list
According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the Patriots have placed center James Ferentz on the Reserve/Covid-19 list. Ferentz did not practice Wednesday for undisclosed reasons, but was on the field for Thursday’s practice.
James Ferentz, 31, played all 75 offensive snaps in New England’s Week 4 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. It was his first action of the season after being elevated off the practice squad to help replace David Andrews (injured reserve).
As for this weekend’s game against the Broncos, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports the Broncos are being told to prepare “to play on Sunday.”
Broncos are being told to be prepared to play Sunday vs. the Patriots, per source. Players want to play, and the game is on as the NFL gathers more information.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 16, 2020
Original Story 10/16/20: Report: Patriots cancel Friday’s practice after a positive Covid-19 test result
The New England Patriots have cancelled Friday’s practice after a player received a positive COVID-19 test result. The original news of the positive COVID-19 test was reported by our very own Ryan Spagnoli.
Don’t shoot the messenger, but hearing more positive COVID-19 cases coming for the #Patriots.— Ryan Spagnoli (@Ryan_Spags) October 16, 2020
A second positive test result is still going through the process to confirm, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. Along with practice being cancelled, the Patriots have cancelled their media availability for day. They had already been doing virtual meetings.
According to CLNS Evan Lazar, the Patriots knew about the positive test last night. They were allowed to practice today using masks and Oakley face shields, but Bill Belichick decided against that out of caution.
The Patriots activated quarterback Cam Newton, cornerback Stephon Gilmore, and defensive tackle Bill Murray off the Reserve/Covid-19 list on Thursday. Defensive tackle Byron Cowart remained out due to the virus.
We will now wait and see what happens with the Patriots Week 6 game, which was already delayed a week due to COVID-19. They are scheduled to host the Denver Broncos at 1 p.m. EST on Sunday.
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