The New England Patriots skipped Friday’s practice after receiving the news of another positive coronavirus test. The team is set to meet the Denver Broncos on Sunday, and this was the last thing head coach Bill Belichick and his players needed. A few hours after canceling the practice, the Patriots placed a key starter on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
According to NFL Newtork insider Tom Pelissero, Patriots placed offensive lineman James Ferentz on the reserve/COVID-19 list this afternoon. Ferentz is a key member of the Patriots offense. He started at center for the team in the Week 4 game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Patriots lose a starter
Patriots reporter Mike Reiss noted that Ferentz was a non-participant for Wednesday’s practice due to non-injury reasons.
This changed the situation in New England. Patriots won’t have Ferentz in the lineup for their Week 6 game against Denver. Everything points to the fact that the team will move Joe Thuney back to center.
Ferentz was starting at center for the Patriots since David Andrews broke his thumb. New England has placed Ferentz on the list, but the NFL hasn’t made a move regarding Sunday’s game.
The NFL has move the game twice. Will officials make another last-minute change? This game has been pushed back an entire week. The NFL may add another week to the schedule. If this doesn’t happen, officials will have to find the best way to protect players, coaches and staffer. Everything depends on whether the Patriots have any other positive tests in the next few days.
Cam Newton was the first player to earn a spot on the reserve/COVID-19 list. He didn’t develop any symptoms and feels good right now. The Patriots can rely on Newton and his running game in Sunday’s contest. Veteran cornerback Stephon Gilmore tested positive, too, and the team has yet to provide an update on his situation. Gilmore is a key player and the team needs him on the field.
2020 is a tough season and players will have to compete and practice under special circumstances. Hopefully, the situation won’t get out of control.