NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported on Wednesday morning that reigning Defensive Player of the Year, Stephon Gilmore, tested positive in Tuesday’s series of tests, according to a source with information on the situation.
Gilmore underwent further testing to confirm the positive result.
With the latest positive test, the Patriots canceled Wednesday’s practice and will host virtual meetings.
The test marks the third player affected by COVID-19 in New England in recent days. Cam Newton has tested positive for the novel coronavirus and landed on the reserve / COVID-19 list last week. Defensive lineman Bill Murray was placed on the reserve list on Tuesday.
Gilmore appeared in Monday’s game in Kansas City against the Chiefs. After Tuesday’s series of tests, no Chiefs player or staff member tested positive, according to Pelissero, and the team are allowed to train on Wednesday under additional intensive protocols, including the mandatory use of PPE by the player during practice. QB Jordan Ta’amu, who tested positive last week, remains the only positive case within the organization.
The latest positive result from New England underscores improved protocols put in place by the NFL and NFLPA designed to help mitigate the spread of the new coronavirus in institutions.
Last week, after a string of positive tests in Tennessee, the Titans-Pittsburgh Steelers game was postponed until later in the season. Two other Titans players tested positive on Tuesday, casting more uncertainty on the situation in Nashville.
After Newton tested positive, the Patriots-Chiefs game was postponed from Sunday to Monday night to allow further testing. All results came back negative before Monday’s game. Gilmore has since tested positive and Murray has been placed on the reserve list.
The Denver Broncos are due to travel to New England for a Week 5 tilt on Sunday. The game is currently going as planned for now, but, Pelissero added, the league is in the process of evaluating everything.