BOSTON (CBS) — Here we go again. The Patriots have canceled Friday’s practice as the team is reportedly dealing with another positive COVID-19 test.
Another Patriots player has tested positive — with center James Ferentz reportedly placed on the NFL’s reserve/COVID list — while the team is also waiting on a second test to confirm if it is positive, according to ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss.
The team reportedly knew about the positive test on Thursday night but still could have practiced on Friday under NFL protocols, but Bill Belichick decided to cancel the session out of caution.
The #Patriots knew of the positive test last night, source says. They could’ve practiced today under NFL protocols with players wearing masks/face shields, but Belichick decided to cancel practice out of caution.
— Evan Lazar (@ezlazar) October 16, 2020
Ferentz is now the fifth member of the Patriots to land on the NFL’s reserve/COVID-19 list in the last two weeks. Quarterback Cam Newton, corner Stephon Gilmore and practice squad DT Bill Murray all came off the list earlier this week, while defensive tackle Byron Cowart remains on the list.
News of another positive test for the Patriots puts the status of this weekend’s game against the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium in serious doubt, though at the moment, the NFL says the game is on track to be played on Sunday.
The Patriots held a team workout on Wednesday and a full team practice on Thursday after going without any positive tests to start the week. Their Week 5 game against the Denver Broncos was postponed to Monday after the team didn’t practice all of last week, and then pushed to this weekend after Cowart tested positive last Sunday.
The positive test on Friday is the Patriots first since last Saturday’s round of testing.
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