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NFL defensive player of the year Stephon Gilmore tests positive for COVID-19

Stephen Gilmore (Image source: Instagram – @bumpnrungilmore)

Stephon Gilmore, the New England Patriots defensive back and reigning NFL defensive player of the year, tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020.

According to the NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, Gilmore, 30, was immediately entered into the league’s mandatory quarantine protocol and will be out for an indefinite period of time.

This development further cripples the New England Patriots as the team already has lost star quarterback Cameron “Cam” Newton for at least a couple of weeks. Newton, whom many sports pundits lauded because of his rejuvenation as a marquee player, tested positive on Saturday, Oct. 3. The team’s scheduled Sunday game was postponed to Monday night, ending in a 26-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Furthermore, according to ESPN reporter Field Yates, practice squad player Bill Murray, a defensive lineman, also tested positive on Tuesday, Oct. 6.

There has been no scheduled date when either star, Newton or Gilmore, will be released from protocol and able to return to the playing field. Neither has made any public statements regarding their diagnosis or prognosis.

As of now, the Patriots are scheduled to play the Denver Broncos at 4:25 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, at Gillette Stadium in suburban Boston.