By Alex Barth, 985TheSportsHub.com
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, it’s likely Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore will miss the remainder of the 2020 season. Gilmore suffered what appeared to be a serious knee injury in Sunday’s loss to Miami, but an initial report from Rapoport stated it wasn’t as bad as it looked.
Appearing on Good Morning Football on Monday, Rapoport reiterated that report, before adding that given the Patriots are no longer chasing a playoff spot, Gilmore is “expected to be done for the regular season.
From @GMFB: The #Chiefs have some hope that RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire can return for the playoffs, while #Patriots star CB Stephon Gilmore is expected to be done for the regular season for an injury that wasn't as bad as feared. pic.twitter.com/kFMrITmR9l— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 21, 2020
Rapoport continued, saying Gilmore will undergo tests on Monday to find the full extent of the injury. He added those tests will focus on his “thigh and quad area,” meaning Gilmore likely dodged a severe knee injury, despite what it looked like when he was on the turf in Miami.
In 11 games this season, Gilmore recorded an interception and three pass breakups. He missed three games in late November due to an undisclosed knee injury.
While it appears Gilmore has taken his last snap of the 2020 season, the question now becomes was it his last in a Patriots uniform? The 30-year-old reigning Defensive Player of the Year has just one year left on his contract, and it’s been rumored the Patriots will look to trade him this offseason instead of giving him a sizable extension.
Without Stephon Gilmore for the final two games, Jason McCourty is expected to see an increase in playing time. The team could also elect to take a look at their younger corners down the stretch, including 2019 second-round pick Joejuan Williams and 2020 UDFA Myles Bryant.
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