Stephon Gilmore won’t start his season until at least October. The Patriots move the All-Pro cornerback to the Reserve/PUP list, according to ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter (on Twitter).
While Gilmore is in a contract deadlock with the Pats, he is also recovering from a quadriceps injury. This selection move will sideline the former Defensive Player of the Year for the first six weeks of the season.
The Patriots still have Gilmore attached to his 2017 deal — a $65 million five-year contract that has become team-friendly — and the 10th-year veteran has pulled out to play the 2021 season on it. Gilmore, 31 in September, joined the team for a training camp. But he hasn’t practiced, with a quad problem ending his 2020 season that served as another drag.
A partially ripped quad ended Gilmore’s 2020 season after 11 games. With this injury occurring in December last year, it is worrying that it will affect Gilmore’s 2021 campaign. The Patriots have made numerous additions off-season to bolster their offense and defense, but Gilmore certainly serves as an important part for the team getting back into the playoffs. The team does have young stars JC Jackson and Jonathan Jones and has brought free agent signer Jalen Mills back to the corner. But Gilmore’s absence will make their job more difficult.