Lost in the shuffle of a quarterback battle in New England is the fact that star cornerback Stephon Gilmore still remains on the Patriots‘ physically unable to perform list. Gilmore has been present throughout training camp for New England but has continued to rehab from offseason surgery that repaired a partially torn quad that forced him to land on IR to end the 2020 campaign.
When asked about his status on Monday as the team prepares for its final week of the preseason, head coach Bill Belichick noted that the corner is still day-to-day.
“I know that Steph’s been working extremely hard,” said Belichick. “See him in here all the time, and he’s doing other things while we’re practicing, so we don’t really see him on the practice field, but you know, he’s been doing everything he can do. The things he hasn’t been able to do, he hasn’t been able to do. I’d say it’s day to day. We just keep trying to put days together and stack them together. When he’s ready to be out there, then he’ll be out there. If he’s not ready to be out there, then he’ll work on the things that he can work on to try to get ready to be out there. We’ll just take it day to day.”
In answering a follow-up about Gilmore, Belichick added: “Again, I know he’s doing what he can. I know that we’re doing what we can, and when he’s ready, he’s ready. If he’s not ready, then I don’t think him being out there is a smart decision for any of us. We’re not going to do that, nor should we do that. So, we’ll take it as it comes.”