The New England Patriots have sent another player to their Reserve/Covid-19 list. As first reported by Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston, practice squad defensive tackle Isaiah Mack was sent to the NFL’s Coronavirus list on Friday.
Mack is the Patriots’ 10th player to be moved to the list so far this season, even though he is currently the only one on it.
An undrafted free agent in 2019, Mack arrived in New England as an early-November waiver claim. The 29-year-old went on to appear in two games for the Patriots as a reserve along the interior defensive line, playing 22 defensive snaps and registering a tackle. However, he was waived earlier this month to make move on the 53-man team in light of outside linebacker Shilique Calhoun’s activation from injured reserve.
Mack went unclaimed on waivers this time, and subsequently joined the Patriots’ practice squad. Just two days later, however, he was now moved off the developmental roster again and onto the Coronavirus reserve list — opening up a spot on the 16-man practice squad.
The transaction is no proof that the second-year defender has tested positive for the Coronavirus, though; he merely could have been classified as a close contact. That said, it is still a noteworthy development just three days before New England is set to face off against the Buffalo Bills on Monday Night Football.