Stephon Gilmore tests positive for COVID-19

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A second star player on the Patriots has tested positive for COVID-19.

Stephon Gilmore, the Patriots cornerback who is the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year, has tested positive, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.

That test comes less than a week after starting quarterback Cam Newton tested positive. A practice squad defensive tackle, Bill Murray, has also tested positive. Gilmore was the only new positive on the team in testing conducted on Tuesday.

The Patriots are not expected to practice today as they and the league assess whether they can play their scheduled home game against the Broncos on Sunday. The Patriots played the Chiefs on Monday night, and Chiefs players who had close contact with Gilmore may also need to isolate.

Although the league successfully avoided any COVID-19 outbreaks during the first three weeks of the regular season, the last week has seen the Titans and Steelers have to postpone a game until later in the year because of several positive tests on the Titans, and the Patriots-Chiefs Monday night game was pushed back by a day. This pandemic remains a major problem for our country, and for the NFL.

38 responses to “Stephon Gilmore tests positive for COVID-19

  1. I get it, the players aren’t wearing masks during the game. But do they all have to hug and shake hands after the game? That just seems to be tempting fate, and it’s not at all necessary.

  2. Should have postponed the game with the Chiefs like the Titans-Steelers
    Now KC players could have it if they didn’t already from there practice squad guy.

  3. This must be why Bill wore 2 masks. He is THAT guy who’s always known for being 2 steps ahead…

  4. With all the money at stake, you would think that athletes would be super obsessive about the safety guidelines.

    “Oh, I’m a young, strong, tough football player. I’m not gonna get sick. That virus will come at me and I’ll say ‘Boo!’ and it’ll run away in fear.”

    Wear your mask correctly… Wash your hands… Keep your distance… Clean and disinfect everything that doesn’t move.

    If an ordinary guy like me can do it, then everybody should be able to.

  5. Hmmm… it’s almost as if the NFL’s policies and procedures in reaction to a positive test are inadequate. Is it possible that all of the medical experts who said three days of testing after Newton’s positive wasn’t enough to ensure there weren’t any other cases. Wait a second, that’s just crazy talk. The league cares about their players and has their health as top priority.

  6. Terrible news. Exactly why they should have never played the game against KC. Now you’ve exposed another entire starting roster. NFL can’t get out of its own way. They need to understand they aren’t bigger than this.

  7. Playing that game just a couple of days after Cam’s positive test was irresponsible at best. The game featured two plays where the KC QB was afforded maximum protection from the referees when he slipped running out of bounds and then was close to being tackled by more than one opposing player. Those two plays when juxtaposed to playing the game at all illustrates a large mixed message.

  8. As a Patriots fan, I said this last weekend and got flack for it as people insisted I was “scared” to play KC Without Newton. The NFL needs to wake up and put their health before their billions.

    LAY OUT THE NEXT 2-3 GAMES (1 month). You can always push the super bowl back. Hockey announced it ANTICIPATES starting on New Years Day. Not guaranteed.

  9. Shame that the NFL forced them to play Monday. Putting these players and coaches health in jeopardy.

    Now some KC guys might get it (from GIlly or the PS player on their team), but for all the Pats players and coaches that were forced to fly to and from KC-BOS for the game. Disgusting!

  10. Problem is, recovery isn’t recovery, if you don’t die, that is.
    I’ve had reduced lung and heart function, post recovery…
    Red Sox pitcher has myocarditis.
    Athletes in the prime of their life see their lung and heart capacity return to ‘normal’…. problem is, they were elite and competed against elite athletes. Reducing their physical ability to ‘normal’ means retirement.

    Now, map that curve of decline to normal individuals; upon recovery, they’re not the same.

  11. Shocker ! The nfl knew this would happen you dont show signs of the virus for up to two weeks and they made them play anyway. Integrity and player safety right nfl .

  12. This was inevitable. I said so yesterday in a post here. I saw Gilmore shaking hands with KC players including Mahomes at the end of game. When are people going to realize that this is a serious, highly infectious disease? Players cannot social distance due to the nature of the game. Coaches not wearing masks properly, taking their mask off to argue a call. Gilmore tested negative on Monday and Covid shows up on Tuesday. We know the virus can produce negative results, while the person is, in effect infected. NFL, NFLPA should be excoriated for this.

  13. Revenue over player safety. Memo to the NFL there’s more important things than money. And to some fans, life will go on without football. Cancel the season already.

  14. I believe I remember Gilmore searching out Mahomes after the game and talking to him for a while.

  15. I posted on Sunday Patriots and Cheifs should not have played at all. Got a bunch of down thumbs…well look who was right.

  16. xxsweepthelegxx says:
    October 7, 2020 at 8:23 am
    Terrible news. Exactly why they should have never played the game against KC. Now you’ve exposed another entire starting roster. NFL can’t get out of its own way. They need to understand they aren’t bigger than this.

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    But they took 2, TWO!, planes. That was just genius. Amazing it didn’t work. I think at this point it’s clear that NFL protocols are the problem, and not necessarily the perceived irresponsibility of the players.

  17. johnnycantread says:
    October 7, 2020 at 8:11 am
    With all the money at stake, you would think that athletes would be super obsessive about the safety guidelines.

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    So we’re still assuming the players are being irresponsible I see. You don’t think it might have been a problem to play that game like 48 hours after Cam Newton tested positive?

  18. Goodell….Wow.

    I might sue if I am Gilmore. Goodelll knew both teams had a positive. Why did he postpone Tenn and Pitt but force NE to play?

    CHEATER

    That’s why.

  19. I think they should have players and possibly families quarantined at a local hotel until literally private flight time. That means not going out anywhere, food in, etc. Just like hockey and basketball did it. The only difference would be going right to the stadium to play game. It might suck, but probably only safe way to do it.

  20. They never should have played Monday. Should have sat out at least 10 days from Cam’s test. This is irresponsible on the NFL’s behalf to push this game through. Hopefully it didn’t spread across teams and is isolated to New England. That said, it could have very well came from the KC side, since they had a practice player test positive. I want to see the Pats play as much as anyone, but this was a dumb move.

  21. Sounds like if Cam can’t play then the Patriots will find a way to not play at all…
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    This is bigger than football

  22. charliecharger says:
    October 7, 2020 at 7:58 am
    I get it, the players aren’t wearing masks during the game. But do they all have to hug and shake hands after the game? That just seems to be tempting fate, and it’s not at all necessary.

    Hugging and shaking hands after the game is fine as long as they don’t exchange jerseys!!!

  23. I’m no doctor, but I would be shocked if any Chiefs players Gilmore had contact with test positive. If that is the case then I’d say any time a team has a player test positive the whole team misses the game that week. The NFL obviously misunderstood the incubation period when they got this plan together. They should have probably had 2 or 3 bye weeks worked into the schedule to make this work.

  24. With all the money at stake, you would think that athletes would be super obsessive about the safety guidelines.

    “Oh, I’m a young, strong, tough football player. I’m not gonna get sick. That virus will come at me and I’ll say ‘Boo!’ and it’ll run away in fear.”

    Wear your mask correctly… Wash your hands… Keep your distance… Clean and disinfect everything that doesn’t move.

    If an ordinary guy like me can do it, then everybody should be able to.
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    There’s is absolutely no evidence that anyone on the Patriots acted irresponsibly. It’s a virus. It spreads. There may be nothing you can do about it to stop it.

  25. I agree. Any team with one confirmed positive case, I don’t care who or how often they play, should automatically be disqualified from playing their next game. Period, I don’t care what the circumstances are. I don’t mean forfeit, but at least postpone. You want to be safe and put health first, do it. Chiefs Pats shouldn’t have happened Monday.

  26. In NJ, we were told to wait 4-5 days after potential exposure before even testing. Newton was a positive test on Thu or Friday, correct? Meaning anyone else in the Pats facility could have waited to Monday or Tuesday to test positive. And here we are….

  27. In my company, if anyone tests positive they and everyone they came in close contact with is required to quarantine for two weeks and test negative twice before resuming any contact. In the NFL? Not so much.

  28. The NFL wasn’t going to force CBS to lose their game of the week. So they brushed aside serious medical concerns and forced the Pats and Chiefs to play on Monday. It’s clear by now that Gilmore got it from contact with Newton. So he had it before the game on Monday.

    How many others are now infected?

  29. the patriots are my team. However this is an unusual season. It is NOT going to be fair to all teams.

    Many will get thru the season normally. However several will not. Tennessee and the Patriots come to mind.

    A team to make up games could add thursday and go Sun-thur-monday. Not super fair but it is what it is. any team having to do this should be allowed to suit up ALL players available without covid. that way teams could give more rest during the game to players.

  30. Check out the post-game video. Gilmore and Mahomes hug it out and chat a bit.

    Mahomes positive test in 3….2….1

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