Patriots’ Cam Newton and Stephon Gilmore’s playing status following positive COVID-19 tests
Cam Newton and Stephon Gilmore are currently on the COVID-19 reserve list for the New England Patriots. Ahead of New England’s matchup with the Denver Broncos, Newton and Gilmore’s status for Week 5 is still uncertain, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Patriots returned to their facility Saturday after three days away, but QB Cam Newton and DB Stephon Gilmore, who are both on the reserve/COVID-19 list, did not practice.https://t.co/RQcdRF7Svf
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 10, 2020
A week ago, in the days leading up to New England’s much-anticipated game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Newton tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, the NFL put the game on hold and would proceed to postpone it until Monday night.
Then, after the Patriots played their game versus the Chiefs on Monday, it was revealed that Gilmore tested positive for COVID-19. Seeing that Gilmore played in the game, the league is waiting to see if there are any more positive tests that pop up.
At the least, the NFL has already pushed back New England’s game to Monday night again. At the same time, the Tennessee Titans and the Buffalo Bills will play their game on Tuesday night due to the Titans having a bevy of positive COVID-19 cases.
Despite Newton and Gilmore being on the reserve list, the Patriots aren’t ruling either of them out for Monday’s game. The good news for New England is that both of them will have an extra day to produce negative tests and go through all of the protocols before returning.
The Patriots were able to reopen their team facility on Saturday after not being able to practice all week. While New England is at a disadvantage in terms of preparation for the Broncos, they could be a bit shorthanded if Newton and Gilmore are unable to go.