Flu bug forces eight Patriots to overlook observe

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If anybody can beat the New England Patriots down the regular-season stretch, possibly it’s the flu bug.

FILE PHOTO: Nov three, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore (24) warms high earlier than the sport towards the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Financial institution Stadium. Necessary Credit score: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports activities

Eight gamers missed observe because of sickness on Wednesday, together with 5 starters — All-Professional cornerback Stephon Gilmore, security Patrick Chung, linebackers Jamie Collins Sr. and Dont’a Hightower, and left deal with Isaiah Wynn (left deal with).

Additionally lacking observe as a result of they had been in poor health had been cornerback Joejuan Williams, tight finish Ryan Izzo and offensive lineman Jermaine Eluemunor.

The outbreak reportedly is the worst case of the flu throughout Invoice Belichick’s teaching tenure.

“That is in all probability, for me, in my 10 years right here, probably the most guys I’ve seen simply be gone from being sick,” Patriots security Devin McCourty stated after observe, the primary in preparation for a sport on the Houston Texans on Sunday. “No accidents or something, we simply had guys are available in and also you look of their eyes and you could possibly simply inform they had been simply out of it. Hopefully, a day at residence and meds and relaxation might help guys out.”

Beginning offensive deal with Marcus Cannon, who was additionally in poor health on the Friday earlier than final Sunday’s sport towards the Dallas Cowboys, was restricted in observe Wednesday.

“We’re all working collectively on this — the participant, the medical workers and the teaching workers,” Belichick stated concerning the resolution to let Cannon play. “Except the participant is cleared medically, there’s no dialog available. If the participant is cleared medically, then it enters into some factor of a training, participant dialog. As I stated, each is completely different, and we simply attempt to do one of the best we will.”

After enhancing to 10-1 with a hard-fought 13-9 victory over the visiting Cowboys within the wind and the rain, the Patriots had been inspired by Belichick to do something they will to get wholesome for this week’s sport towards the Houston Texans.

“As coach would say, now we have to remain germ free,” captain and veteran extensive receiver Matthew Slater stated. “It’s the season.”

One other group captain, linebacker Elandon Roberts, stated: “And for those who do really feel a sure approach, say one thing so that you don’t attempt to maintain it in, attempt to battle by it, and get everybody else sick round you.”

It wasn’t all unhealthy information for the Patriots at observe, although. Receiver Phillip Dorsett II, who missed Sunday’s sport, reported that he’s out of the concussion protocol, saying “I’m simply completely happy to be again.”

—Area Stage Media