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Patriots’ Stephon Gilmore reportedly suffers partially torn quad, will undergo surgery

Stephon Gilmore is helped off the field on Sunday.Matthew J. Lee/Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff

Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore will undergo surgery to repair a partially torn quad suffered Sunday in the first half against the Miami Dolphins, NFL Network reported Monday.

According to NFL Network, Gilmore will miss New England’s final two games of the season but is expected to participate in “some portion” of the offseason program. Gilmore, 30, is under contract through the 2021 season.

Coach Bill Belichick said Monday morning he had no updates on Gilmore’s status. Belichick did not share any information after Sunday’s loss, either.

Gilmore suffered the non-contact injury in the second quarter against the Dolphins, falling to the ground after trying to plant his leg in coverage. He had to be helped off the field and did not return to action.


As the NFL’s reigning Defensive Player of the Year, Gilmore finished the season with one interception, one forced fumble, and 37 tackles. Per Pro Football Reference, opposing quarterbacks completed 56.3 percent of their pass attempts when targeting Gilmore, who allowed just one touchdown this season.

Earlier this season, Gilmore missed three games with a knee injury.

Newton writes letter to fans

Quarterback Cam Newton penned a letter to New England’s fanbase a day after the Patriots were eliminated from playoff contention.

Newton acknowledged his and the team’s performance was subpar, and he vowed to improve for the future. He also indicated he is interested in staying in New England beyond this year.

“I will be the first to tell you that this year has been unacceptable in more ways the one,” Newton wrote. “And the standard has been and always has been set, and unfortunately we (I) did not live up to what that standard was at all times or consistently enough.

“With that being said, the answer(s) is (are) in the locker room and one thing I do know about this bunch is that this locker room is filled with guys who want to be a part of the solution, including me.


“All things considered, you will not see any ‘finger-pointing’ or ‘excuse-making’ but more accountability being placed on the guys (me) to get the job done. I think I speak for myself and others when I say challenge accepted.”

Newton completed 65.9 percent of his passes, rushed for 11 touchdowns, and threw 10 interceptions in 13 games. Despite Newton’s inconsistency and struggles with the passing game, the coaching staff has stood by him throughout the season.

Newton, who signed a one-year contract, is set to become a free agent at the end of the season.

Helping the children

The Bill Belichick Foundation hosted an online toy drive to benefit Toys for Tots Boston this holiday season. On Sunday, with the Patriots in Miami, Belichick’s daughter, Amanda, head coach of the Holy Cross women’s lacrosse team, and Jen, wife of outside linebackers coach Steve Belichick, met at Gillette Stidham with toy drive partners Donate a Toy and Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. The group collected and distributed over 20,000 toys to local children in need.

Nicole Yang can be reached at nicole.yang@globe.com.