Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore sustained an injury and he has yet to return to the field. The veteran cornerback couldn’t provide any information on his return. However, he is an optimist about his situation.
Gilmore missed the last three games due to the knee injury he sustained Oct. 29 prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills. He spoke to media members Friday during his first availability since the terrible injury.
“I feel pretty good, just taking it day-by-day,” Gilmore said. “Looking forward to this week, trying to take it day-by-day, keep preparing like I’m going to play this week. I feel good. I feel real good. So, just try to keep preparing. You know, I feel good just studying film, watching the Houston Texans and I’m looking forward to it.”
Stephon Gilmore recovered from his injury
Gilmore stayed on the sidelines in the past three weeks. It was hard watching his teammates play without him. In the past three weeks, the Patriots won two games.
“Once you’re out, you really take things for granted. I never took it for granted, but you really appreciate the grind each and every day. (I) appreciate playing on Sundays and just being out with your teammates,” the cornerback said. “That’s really one thing I’ve thought about these last couple weeks, and happy that I’m back healthy and looking forward to this week.”
Gilmore was pretty busy. He didn’t miss time, and head coach Bill Belichick praised the cornerback for his guidance. The 2019 Defensive Player of the Year was helping J.C. Jackson and Jonathan Jones get ready for the games.
“It was tough not playing, seeing your guys out there that you compete with everyday, not being able to help,” Gilmore said. “But I can help in another way, as far as teaching the guys what I see when I’m on the field, teaching them certain techniques, and going against certain guys and how you should play them. I tried to help them as much as I can.”
The Patriots listed Gilmore as limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday. His status for the game against the Houston Texans is uncertain at this point. The Patriots will definitely benefit from his return to the field. He is a talented veteran, and New England needs his leadership in the locker room. The team has a high chance to win the game against Houston.