New England Patriots

James Ferentz of the New England Patriots looks on during the preseason game between the Carolina Panthers and the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on August 22, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

By Alex Barth,

NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero is reporting the Patriots have placed center James Ferentz on the NFL’s COVID reserve list.

This follows Friday morning’s report that a player tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday. The Patriots shut their facility down Friday morning, canceling practice and media availability.

Ferentz being added to the list does not necessarily mean he is the player who tested positive for COVID. According to the rules of the COVID reserve list, players can be added if they’ve tested positive or if they’ve been “in close contact with an infected person or persons.” If another offensive lineman tested positive, it’s possible Ferentz was exposed and his is a cautionary measure.

The Patriots are scheduled to play the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium on Sunday. As of Friday afternoon, it’s still expected that game is played on time.

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