The New England Patriots might just lose yet another crucial player before their game against the Denver Broncos this weekend.
According to recent reports, cornerback Stephon Gilmore has tested positive for the coronavirus. Check it out:
This comes only a few days after quarterback Cam Newton tested positive for the virus and caused the league to push New England’s road game against the Kansas City Chiefs from Sunday to Monday night. Even though Newton could return to the field for this week’s game, that will not be possible for Gilmore who will have to return negative tests for three consecutive days.
Without Gilmore, the Patriots will have a tough time going against the Broncos. He will probably have to sit out at least five days before he could return to the field. NFL rules state that asymptomatic players can return after five days if they test negative twice more than 24 hours apart during that five-day window and receive clearance from their team doctor.
On a more positive note, the Patriots might be getting Newton back. Recent reports have shared that Newton is asymptomatic, which means that he could go back on the field after 10 days of showing no symptoms. If he does develop some symptoms, he cannot return from the list until 10 days have passed since symptoms first arrived. To add to that, he can not have displayed symptoms for 72 hours before he’s allowed to be removed from the list. It’s going to be a long road to recovery and returning to the field, but Newton will pull it through.
The Patriots are now preparing for their upcoming game against the Denver Broncos this weekend. Newton still has a chance to play if he could put together consecutive negative PCR tests separated by 24 hours. We hope that Gilmore will also be able to return to the field in no-time!