The New England Patriots were hit hard by the Coronavirus pandemic in October with eight of their players being sent to the NFL’s newly-created reserve list and two of their games being postponed as a result of the outbreak. Since the calendar turned to November, however, the team did not have any more positive cases or players or staff members qualifying as high-risk close contacts — until today.
As first reported by ESPN’s Field Yates, the Patriots will place Julian Edelman on the Reserve/Covid-19 list. The move is no proof that the veteran wide receiver has tested positive for the Coronavirus: he merely could have been classified as a close contact.
Nevertheless, it is another blow for Edelman in what has been a challenging season. The 34-year-old was bothered by a knee issue ever since Week 2, and later had to be sent to injured reserve after undergoing a minor procedure on his knee in late October. While being sent to Reserve/Covid-19 does therefore not impact the Patriots’ active roster, it does push a potential return off the list back for the foreseeable future.