Stephon Gilmore tests positive for COVID-19, Pats cancel practice

(Adam Richins/Boston Sports Journal)

All-Pro cornerback Stephon Gilmore has tested positive for coronavirus according to the NFL Network on Tuesday, leading to the Patriots canceling practice on Wednesday.

It’s the third positive test for COVID-19 for the Patriots in the past week after Cam Newton and practice squad defensive tackle Bill Murray.

The Patriots had shut down their practice facility in Foxboro since Saturday in the wake of Newton’s positive test but the league went ahead with the Pats playing Week 4 against the Chiefs on Monday night after an initial one day delay. The Pats took two planes to KC for the game on Monday, with one plane full of close contacts of Newton prior to his positive test and the other holding the rest of the team. With an incubation period for COVID-19 that can last several days, the gamble by the league to play Monday’s game in hopes that no other players were positive after Newton's positive test appears to have backfired.

Bill Belichick is scheduled to address the media later today but that press conference has been delayed in the wake of the positive test.

Gilmore’s result was one of several positive tests for COVID-19 on Wednesday morning around the league. The Titans were scheduled to return to their practice facility on Wednesday after a team COVID-19 outbreak last week but two new players have reportedly tested positive according to the NFL Network. In addition, a Raiders player has also tested positive for COVID-19.

So far, no Chiefs players have tested positive for COVID-19 according to ESPN but it’s highly possible that changes later this week after Gilmore played the entire game against them on Monday night.

The Pats are scheduled to play the Broncos at Gillette Stadium on Sunday afternoon at 4:25 p.m. ET. Much more on this story as it develops.