New England Patriots see second positive coronavirus case


The Denver Broncos will face the New England Patriots on Sunday, October 11.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England Patriots star cornerback and reigning Defensive Player of the Year Stephon Gilmore has tested positive for COVID-19. He confirmed the positive test in a tweet on Wednesday afternoon

Gilmore marks the second Patriots player to test positive for the virus, after quarterback Cam Newton was reported to have contracted the virus on Saturday.

Gilmore’s anticipated absence will leave a big void in the Patriots’ secondary, which is considered one of the team’s greatest strengths. New England is scheduled to play at home against the Denver Broncos this Sunday, October 11. However, the team must then have a week off and are not expected to play again until Sunday, October 25.

NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported that Gilmore was the only New England player to test positive following Tuesday’s round of testing.

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The announcement comes just two days after the Patriots lost Monday night to the Kansas City Chiefs. The game was originally scheduled for Sunday but was moved to Monday due to Newton’s practice squad and Chiefs QB Jordan Ta’amu testing positive. The Patriots took two separate planes to Kansas City — including one dedicated to people who had close contact with Newton.

The Tennessee Titans are the NFL team hardest hit by COVID-19 so far. ESPN’s Diana Russini reported Wednesday morning that after two days without a positive test, the Titans had two more players test positive. This jeopardizes the team’s game against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

The Titans’ game last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers was postponed until later in the season due to the positive tests.


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