Report: Stephon Gilmore Will Undergo Season-Ending Surgery
December 21Matt LaMarcaSportsGrid
Gilmore went down with a non-contact injury Sunday vs. the Dolphins, and NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that he suffered a partially torn quad. He will undergo surgery to repair the damage on Tuesday, which officially ends Gilmore’s season.
As bad as that sounds, things could have been a lot worse for Gilmore. Non-contact injuries are always scary, and Gilmore managed to avoid any structural damage to his knee. He should be able to recover in time to participate in some portion of off-season activities, and he will almost certainly be back in the starting lineup next season barring any complications.
This is a huge blow for the Patriots’ defense. They have not played well to begin with this season – they rank just 21st in Football Outsiders’ defensive DVOA – but they have started to play better recently. They’ve limited each of their past four opponents to 188 passing yards or fewer, which coincides with Gilmore returning to the lineup in Week 11.
The Patriots were eliminated from postseason contention after losing to the Dolphins on Sunday, which signifies the official end of their dynasty. The Pats had won the AFC East for 11 consecutive seasons prior to this year, which was the longest streak in NFL history.
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