Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore has reportedly examined optimistic for COVID-19.
Gilmore is the third participant to verify optimistic complete on the Patriots and one different high-profile title to verify optimistic on the crew, after quarterback Cam Newton. Observe squad defensive kind out Bill Murray moreover has examined optimistic.
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Newton’s optimistic verify compelled the NFL to reschedule New England’s Week four recreation, casting doubt on whether or not or not the Patriots will play their Week 5 recreation in the direction of the Broncos as scheduled. (UPDATE: The league launched that the game is likely to be carried out 5 p.m. ET Monday as the first recreation of a nationwide TV doubleheader.)
There was set off for optimism after Gilmore’s optimistic verify after the Patriots had no completely different active-roster optimistic assessments from Tuesday’s spherical of testing, per Albert Breer.
Two further points on the COVID-19 testing, per sources …
• Stephon Gilmore’s optimistic was the one optimistic the Patriots had from Tuesday’s spherical of COVID-19 testing.
• The Chiefs assessments from Tuesday all received right here once more antagonistic.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) October 7, 2020
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that there have been no optimistic verify outcomes from testing on Thursday, each.
Whereas there have been no new optimistic assessments after Thursday morning’s POC testing, the Patriots are taking additional precaution and might proceed to rearrange with digital conferences and no observe as soon as extra on Friday, per a crew official.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 8, 2020
The Chiefs moreover didn’t have any optimistic assessments early inside the week, though there’s a possibility future assessments can change that, given COVID-19’s incubation interval.
That is what you may need to know regarding the Patriots’ current situation:
Will the Patriots play in Week 5?
MIke Klis of News9 in Denver reported Thursday that the Patriots-Broncos Week 5 matchup will occur Monday, Oct. 12, eventually later than initially scheduled. The league later launched the scheduling willpower: The game is likely to be carried out at 5 p.m. ET as the first recreation of an ESPN doubleheader.
Newton’s optimistic verify and rigorous retesting pushed the Patriots’ matchup once more merely eventually — assessments didn’t level out that transferring the game once more plenty of weeks — a la Titans vs. Steelers — was essential.
The Patriots didn’t observe on Wednesday and Thursday after Gilmore’s optimistic verify, opting as a substitute for digital conferences. Schefter reported the Pats will do the equivalent on Friday. Gilmore was the lone Patriot to verify optimistic from Tuesday’s testing, however it absolutely received right here a day after New England carried out the Chiefs.
This story is likely to be updated.