Reports: Patriots star Stephon Gilmore, more Titans players test positive for coronavirus

New England Patriots defensive star Stephon Gilmore has tested positive for coronavirus, ESPN and the NFL Network reported Wednesday.


New England Patriots defensive star Stephon Gilmore has tested positive for the coronavirus, ESPN and the NFL Network reported Wednesday, adding to the list of positive cases around the NFL and prompting more questions about the future of upcoming games and league protocols.

The cornerback and 2019 NFL Defensive Player of the Year joined quarterback Cam Newton and practice-squad defensive lineman Bill Murray on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

The team canceled practice Wednesday, sister station WCVB reported.

The Patriots learned Newton tested positive for the coronavirus late Friday night. Because of Newton's positive test result, and another on the Kansas City Chiefs, the NFL postponed the Patriots-Chiefs game from Sunday to Monday. The Chiefs won 26-10.

New England is scheduled to play the Denver Broncos on Sunday in Foxborough, but the fate of that game and others around the league is a lingering question as more positive cases arise.

The Tennessee Titans, whose game Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers was postponed to Oct. 25 because of positive cases among Titans player and personnel, had two more positive cases among players Wednesday, The Associated Press reported. That comes after the team had two consecutive days without a new reported case. All team activities have been halted since the cases were reported.

The NFL showed “several specific incidents” of the Titans violating COVID-19 protocols during a call Monday with the league's general managers and coaches, the AP reported.

Newton and the Titans make up the 11 confirmed positive tests among players, and the NFL said there were 15 new confirmed positives among personnel for last week in results announced Wednesday out of 37,002 tests given to 7,981 players and team personnel.

The Titans' outbreak now is up to 22 cases, with 20 returned since Sept. 29, the AP reported.

The league is attempting to play a full schedule amid the pandemic without teams isolated in a bubble as other sports have done to protect players and staff from the virus. No games were affected through the first three weeks of the season.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell warned all 32 teams Monday that any violations of COVID-19 protocols that force schedule changes could result in punishment including forfeiting games, fines or loss of draft picks.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.