New England Patriots

Aug 12, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots cornerback Myles Bryant (41) at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

After going consecutive days without adding any players to the NFL’s reserve/COVID list, the Patriots played two players on that list on Monday. Defensive back Myles Bryant and practice squad offensive tackle William Sherman are both now in the NFL’s COVID protocols.

Bryant has played a key role for the Patriots’ defense this season, stepping in as the main slot cornerback following Jonathan Jones’ season-ending injury. Bryant has played over 85 percent of the team’s defensive snaps in three of the last four games.

Sunday against Jacksonville, Bryant recorded three tackles and an interception. He was awarded a game ball by Bill Belichick after the game. Sunday was also his 24th birthday.

Sherman was a sixth-round pick by the Patriots this past spring. He’s spent the entire season on the practice squad. In Week 5 against Houston, he was elevated for his first and to this point only NFL action, playing six special teams snaps.

The Patriots also had a free agent in for a workout on Monday, hosting guard Drew Desjarlais. A native of Belle River, Ontario, Desjarlais has spent the last two seasons as a starting guard for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL. He’s a two-time Grey Cup champion, and was named a CFL West All-Star this past season. Before that, he played his college football as the University of Windsor in the CIS (Canada’s NCAA). The Patriots currently have four open practice squad spots if they choose to add Desjarlais.