Stephon Gilmore

Patriots' Stephon Gilmore Says He's Asymptomatic After Positive COVID Test

The star cornerback joins quarterback Cam Newton and practice squad player Bill Murray on the team's reserve/COVID-19 list

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New England Patriots star cornerback Stephon Gilmore has tested positive for COVID-19 and the team was not expected to practice on Wednesday.

Gilmore, who won the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year last year, is the only active Patriots player who tested positive on Tuesday, the NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported.

Pelissero said GIlmore first tested positive on Tuesday and then underwent additional tests that confirmed the positive case.

ESPN's Field Yates has also confirmed Pelissero's report.

Quarterback Cam Newton tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend, forcing Sunday's game to be postponed until Monday. Newton did not play in that game and it is not clear when he might return.

Practice squad player Bill Murray, a defensive lineman, also tested positive Tuesday.

Gilmore posted a message on social media on Wednesday afternoon thanking everyone for their well wishes and prayers.

"I'm currently asymptomatic and will take this as it comes," he said. "I don't know what to expect, but my spirit is high because of God. I've followed every protocol, yet it happened to me. Please be sure to take this seriously."

The Patriots are scheduled to play the Denver Broncos at 4:25 p.m. Sunday at GIllette Stadium.

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