FOXBOROUGH, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- Day two of regular-season practice is in the books for the New England Patriots, and good news for the NFL, positive COVID-19 results continue to remain low, at nearly one percent.

Also, good news for the Patriots, there still hasn't been one player added to the COVID-19 reserve list.

The NFL confirms two players. Panthers defensive back Derrek Thomas and Saints running back Dwayne Washington were added to their coronavirus list, bringing the total to only four. Being on the list doesn't mean the players tested positive it means they may have been in contact with someone who did.

The NFL and NFL Players Association released new COVID-19 protocols after 77 individuals received false-positive results from a New Jersey lab, forcing many teams to cancel practices.

According to a memo distributed to teams on Monday, an initial positive test will continue to be followed by two more tests, a nasal swab assessed in a lab as well as a point-of-care test.

While the Patriots continue their daily testing and practice safety amid the pandemic, they took the field earlier this morning for their second day of practice. Veteran wide receiver Julian Edelman told Western Mass News because of coronavirus restrictions, 2020 has more challenging.

"It's just a different experience, we haven't been able to go out and play anyone," he said. "Honestly, this has been a grind, we've been having six-week practices [and] usually you have four days off, you break up when you start playing other teams in the preseason, this has been a straight grind the whole time."

Edelman said because every team is in the same boat, it's going to be the teams that take advantage of their practice days that will be successful.

"Anytime you have a situation that we're in right now, we haven't played another team, so each day is a learning experience of its own," he said. "I think we have a group of people, a group of guys that are wanting to learn...We'll learn more as it goes on, but I feel like we're continually learning."

Despite this week's memo, the NFL said it is continuing to finalize its plans for its regular-season testing policy.

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