Stephon Gilmore Suffers Non-Contact Injury vs. Dolphins
December 21Matt LaMarcaSportsGrid
Gilmore went down with a non-contact injury in the first quarter vs. the Dolphins and was unable to return. Non-contact injuries are always scary, but it appears as though the Patriots may have dodged a bullet on this one. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that the injury is to his leg, not his knee, and that it may not be as serious as initially feared. He is scheduled to undergo tests on Monday, so we should hopefully have some more clarity on this situation soon.
If Gilmore is forced to miss any time, it would be a big blow to the Patriots’ defense. They have not played well 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.
Even if Gilmore avoided a serious injury, it’s possible that the Patriots could exercise caution with their star defensive back. They were officially eliminated from postseason contention after losing to the Dolphins on Sunday, which likely signifies the end of their dynasty. The Pats had won the AFC East for 11 consecutive seasons, which was the longest streak in NFL history.
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