Stephon Gilmore will miss the first six weeks of the season for Patriots

Cornerback Stephon Gilmore will start the Patriots season on the reserve / disabled list due to physical problems, confirmed his agent Jason Chayut

FOXBOROUGH – The cornerback of the New England Patriots, Stephon Gilmore, will open the 2021 season of the NFL in the list of reservations / unable to participate due to physical problems, meaning that will miss at least the first six weeks of the campaignconfirmed the agent of Gilmore, Jason chayut, to ESPN this Tuesday.

GilmoreThe 30-year-old has been recovering from a strained quadriceps suffered in Week 15 of last season. The injury required surgery in the offseason.

Gilmore he had also skipped the mandatory minicamp of the Patriots in June, he shows dissatisfaction with his contract, which has him projected to earn a base salary of $ 7 million in 2021, the final year of his contract. However, he reported to training camp on time, and has been an active participant in team meetings, according to the coaches.

“I will not talk about the injury, but I will say that his participation in the building has been phenomenal,” offered the cornerback coach, Mike pellegrino, In the past week. “I joked with him about being ‘Coach Steph‘. It’s been great working with the guys, being in the room, communicating, not keeping quiet. He’s been top-notch throughout all of this. “

Players who start the season on the reserve / unable to participate list are not eligible to start training throughout the first six matches. After that, there is a five-week window in which teams can put the player to practice. Once the player begins training, the team has up to three weeks to decide whether he will be activated to the active squad, or placed on injured reserve, thus ending his season.

The Patriots They acquired the rookie cornerback in exchange Shaun wade last week, a move that perhaps suggested the team knew it would be facing its first six games of the season – and possibly more – without Gilmore, the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2019.

JC Jackson, who was second in the NFL in interceptions last season, he’s projected to start cornerback on the opposite side of the free-agency signing Jalen mills. The ultimate slot corner for Patriots is the sixth year veteran, Jonathan Jones, with Wade and the 2019 second-round draft pick, Joejuan williams, probably completing the template.