By Alex Barth, 985TheSportsHub.com
For the second week in a row, the Patriots will be without their top defensive player.
According to Jeff Howe of The Athletic, the Patriots will be without Stephon Gilmore Monday night when they play the Jets. It will be the second straight missed game for Gilmore, who is dealing with a knee issue. The reigning defensive player of the year did not practice on Thursday this week, and was limited Friday and Saturday.
The injury originally flared up late last week, and resulted in Gilmore being pulled from practice on Thursday. There was speculation the ‘injury’ was cover to keep Gilmore healthy for the trade deadline. With that date passing on Tuesday, we now know that wasn’t the case.
Gilmore has two pass deflections and an interception in six games this year. The Patriots held the Bills to just 149 passing yards last week without him. He also tested positive for COVID in early October, but didn’t end up missing any games.
J.C. Jackson, who saw an increased role with Gilmore out last week, is also listed as questionable for the game, also with a knee injury. Behind Gilmore and Jackson, the Patriots have Jason McCourty, Jonathan Jones, Joejuan Williams, and Myles Bryant as cornerbacks on the active roster. The team also has Michael Jackson and D’Angelo Ross on the practice squad, who could be promoted if needed.
The team later announced that linebacker Ja’Whaun Bentley (groin) and defensive tackle Lawrence Guy (shoulder, elbow, knee) have also been downgraded to out. Both were limited at practice all week, with Guy missing Thursday’s session.
In addition, rookie tight end Dalton Keene did not make the trip to New York with the team. However, the Patriots are still qualifying his status as ‘questionable.’ With the game being played in New Jersey, it’s not unrealistic to think he could travel day-of.
If Keene can’t go, the Patriots will be down to just one healthy tight end after the team placed fellow rookie Devin Asiasi on IR earlier this week. Ryan Izzo is their only remaining option, and he’s listed as questionable with a hamstring injury.
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