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Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore says he’s ‘ready to be back in action’

Stephon Gilmore has one interception this season.
Stephon Gilmore has one interception this season.John Froschauer/Associated Press

Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore said on his Instagram account Monday that he’s “ready to be back in action” after testing positive for COVID-19 last week.

Gilmore included a video in the post that featured him dislodging the ball from Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins.

The Patriots shut down their facilities after Gilmore tested positive, and he missed practice Saturday along with quarterback Cam Newton, who had earlier tested positive.

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Ready to be back in action 💯 🔒

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The NFL’s reigning Defensive Player of the Year, who shared on social media last Wednesday that he was asymptomatic, said he followed every COVID-19 protocol.

“The Gilly Lock is going to sit down until the medical professionals let me know it’s best to continue normal activity,” he wrote.

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It is uncertain whether Gilmore would have returned against the Broncos if that game had been played this week, but the game was postponed to Week 6.

Asymptomatic players can return if 10 days have passed since the initial positive test or if five days have passed since the initial positive test and the player receives two consecutive negative PCR virus tests at least 24 hours apart.