Four New England Patriots were placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list earlier this month, including cornerback Stephon Gilmore. After nearly two weeks, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year declared on his Instagram that he is ready to make his return to the football field. His post came with a video of himself making a defensive stop, with the caption “Ready to be back in action.”
Gilmore has claimed to be asymptomatic since testing positive for the coronavirus. Per league guidelines, a player would be off the list if he remains without symptoms. Furthermore, he should also return two negative tests with 24 hours in between. With his post, it seems like the 2-time First Team All-Pro has cleared the protocols.
This is certainly good news for the Patriots. Aside from Gilmore, New England is also missing quarterback Cam Newton and defensive tackles Bill Murray and Byron Cowart.
It’s a great sign that the word is coming from Gilmore himself. Nonetheless, the Patriots have yet to make an official announcement regarding the status of their four infected players.
Gilmore last played against the Kansas City Chiefs on October 5. Two days later, the 3-time Pro-Bowler tested positive for the virus.
There is a possibility that Gilmore could rejoin New England when they return on Wednesday for their on-court preparations against the Denver Broncos. The Patriots-Broncos game had originally been rescheduled on Monday. However, the league decided to move it next Sunday after New England turned in another positive COVID-19 test on Sunday morning.