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Could COVID-19’s incubation period lead to NFL’s downfall?
SportsPulse: As the Titans still deal with their COVID-19 outbreak and the Patriots come to grips with multiple positive test, Mike Jones explains how the virus’ incubation period is showing cracks in the NFL’s safety protocols.
Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore has tested positive for COVID-19, he announced Wednesday.
Gilmore said in a tweet he is currently asymptomatic. He added he is “going to sit down until the medical professionals let me know it’s best to continue normal activity.”
The Patriots cancelled Wednesday’s practice following the news of Gilmore’s positive test. Gilmore played in Monday’s 26-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs and had close contact with teammates and opposing players, including Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. The two hugged after the game, a move that Mahomes said Wednesday was “a mental lapse.”
Last Friday Patriots quarterback Cam Newton tested positive for COVID-19 and missed the Patriots’ loss to Kansas City. It’s not clear yet whether Newton will be cleared in time to play Sunday against the Denver Broncos.
Patriots practice squad defensive tackle Bill Murray had already been placed on the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list.
Gilmore, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, has been a Pro Bowler the past two seasons with New England.