Gilmore is the second Patriot to check optimistic. He performed in Monday’s recreation towards the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs.
The Patriots have an issue.
On Wednesday, the NFL Community reported that cornerback Stephon Gilmore has examined optimistic for COVID-19. The Patriots will now have three gamers on the NFL’s COVID-19/Reserve checklist after Cam Newton examined optimistic final Saturday and observe squad defensive lineman Invoice Murray was positioned on the checklist on Tuesday.
The Patriots are performing shortly, however their recreation this weekend towards the Denver Broncos could possibly be in jeopardy.
Following the information about Gilmore, the Patriots canceled Wednesday’s observe and can maintain digital conferences as an alternative. Participant media interviews, set for Wednesday night, have been canceled. Invoice Belichick’s video convention with the media, set for eight:30 a.m., has additionally been postponed.
Gilmore performed 100% of the Patriots defensive snaps of their Monday evening loss to Kansas Metropolis. The cornerback completed with three tackles and a compelled fumble. In accordance with a number of studies, nevertheless, Gilmore was one of many gamers who was in shut contact with Newton the earlier Friday. On that day, Newton was examined for COVID-19 within the morning and stayed within the constructing and practiced. Gamers didn’t be taught of his optimistic consequence till Saturday morning.
The Patriots shutdown Gillette Stadium on Saturday and Sunday. Gamers, coaches and employees had been examined a number of occasions per day – a speedy check and one which’s despatched to a lab. The NFL pushed the Patriots-Chiefs recreation again to Monday. On that day, gamers and coaches did extra testing. With no optimistic outcomes, the Patriots despatched two planes to Kansas Metropolis on Monday morning. One airplane held gamers who had been in shut contact with Newton. In accordance with a number of studies, Gilmore was on that airplane.
The Patriots cornerback is arguably the very best participant in Foxboro. He’s the reigning Defensive Participant of the 12 months. This weekend, nevertheless, the choice for the Patriots to even play put his life, his household’s and different gamers and employees in jeopardy.
Gilmore highway on a bus on Monday morning to the airport after which obtained on a airplane. That night, he performed soccer and shared a locker room with extra teammates, coaches and employees. When the sport was over, he highway on the bus once more after which took one other flight again to Massachusetts earlier than getting on one other bus to return to the stadium.
For the Patriots and the NFL, that is horrible information.
As COVID-19 has proven, the incubation interval takes longer than just a few days. The Patriots are simply on small instance of this. That they had no optimistic check outcomes on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. By Tuesday, they’d a observe squad participant, who didn’t journey to Kansas Metropolis, get positioned on the COVID-19/Reserve checklist. By Wednesday, Gilmore examined optimistic after days of adverse check outcomes.
Because it’s been seen in Tennessee, we don’t know when the Patriots can be within the clear. The Titans, who had been as much as 20 optimistic check outcomes by Monday, had gamers and coaches all check adverse on Tuesday. They had been set to reopen their observe facility the subsequent day, nevertheless, on Wednesday, the Titans noticed two extra optimistic assessments and Tennessee stored their facility closed. That is already after their recreation towards Pittsburgh was postponed.
For now, the Patriots recreation towards the Denver Broncos continues to be occurring at Gillette Stadium on Sunday at four:25 p.m. If this contest occurs, the Patriots can be with out their finest defensive participant in Gilmore and maybe their finest offensive participant in Newton.
Beneath new NFL guidelines, gamers who check optimistic for COVID-19 can return after 5 days in the event that they’re asymptomatic and have two optimistic assessments in a row. If the participant exhibits signs, they’ll be out no less than 10 days. For Newton, the earliest he might come again is Thursday, but it surely’s unknown if he’s had any optimistic assessments this week.
For the Patriots, their bye week, scheduled for subsequent week, couldn’t come quickly sufficient.
On Twitter: @MarkDanielsPJ