Veteran CB may be off for the rest of training camp, entire preseason – CBS Boston

BOSTON (CBS) – Unhappy with his contractual situation, Stephon Gilmore is currently on the roster physically unable to play. He can stay there for a while.

Speaking ahead of Thursday night’s preseason opener on NBC Sports Boston, Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer speculated that Gilmore might not play much football until the regular season begins. Breer said the holdout-but-not-a-holdout works to Gilmore’s advantage.

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“I could see him sitting down all camp and maybe starting the season without a lot of practice action or playing action at all. It would be surprising at this point if he played in one of the preseason games, ”said Breer. “It’s to the detriment of the Patriots, and it’s kind of Steph’s influence here, [saying], ‘You spent all that money on free agency, a record amount of money guaranteed, and yet your best player is not there for camp, he is not there to strengthen the team during the pre matches. -season.’ And so I think that’s part of Stephon Gilmore’s influence here – if you spend that much money on free agency, you don’t wait to win for two or three years. You want to win right away. And what would compromise that? What would hurt that is if you don’t have your best player able to perform at his best.

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Breer added, “And so with each passing day you are putting Steph Gilmore in a less favorable position to be at his best. And oh by the way, if they don’t take care of him financially, you have to worry about his pre-season state of mind as well. … If you don’t have Steph to [his] better, I think the wedge is shifting from a position of strength to one that you have serious questions about.

The Patriots slipped $ 5 million from Gilmore’s salary in 2021 to his salary in 2020, effectively advancing that money to adjust his contract after being named Defensive Player of the Year in 2019. He missed five games last season. due to a mid-season knee injury and a late-season quadriceps injury that required surgery.

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Gilmore is on the PUP roster, likely recovering from last season’s surgery. But reports like those from Breer indicate that Gilmore may well be healthy enough to play soon – if he isn’t already.

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