The star corner joins quarterback Cam Newton and practice team defensive tackle Bill Murray as Patriots players on the NFL reserve / COVID roster.“I don’t know what to expect but my spirit is lifted up because of God,” Gilmore said on Twitter. “I followed all the protocols, but it happened to me. Please take this seriously.
“The ‘Gilly Lock’ is going to sit until the medical professionals tell me it’s best to continue with normal activity,” he added.
The team hasn’t made any decisions about Friday’s practice, but if they are able to hit the field, that would be their only practice before Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium, reports CBS Boston. It is not yet known whether Newton or Gilmore might be available to play on Sunday, as it depends on whether they showed symptoms when they tested positive for the virus.
The NFL reported on Wednesday that there had recently been 11 confirmed positive tests among players and 15 new confirmed positives among other staff.
“In the nine weeks since the start of training camp, we have had a number of new isolated and positive cases of COVID among players and other staff at nearly two-thirds of NFL clubs and an epidemic among the Tennessee Titans, ”said NFL chief medical officer Dr. Allen Sills.
“We have always said that we expect positive cases,” Sills said in a press release. “As long as the virus is endemic in our communities, we will see new cases among our teams. ”
“Risk mitigation, not elimination, is key,” he said. “Our protocols are designed to quickly identify new cases, provide people with the care they need, and prevent the spread of the virus. ”
Contribuer: The Associated Press