Stephon Gilmore Obtained Very Shut To Patrick Mahomes After Patriots-Chiefs Recreation

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By Michael Hurley, CBS dangolka

dangolka (CBS) — Stephon Gilmore examined optimistic for COVID-19 on Tuesday evening, only a day after he and the Patriots performed within the briefly postponed recreation between the Patriots and the Chiefs in Kansas Metropolis.

After Cam Newton examined optimistic final Friday, an outbreak throughout the Patriots group was seemingly inevitable, based mostly on the patterns of this extremely contagious virus. But by forcing the Patriots to fly to Missouri and again on the identical day, the NFL could have exacerbated that unfold.

And now, the NFL has to shut its eyes and hope with all of its billion-dollar may that the league didn’t simply introduce the virus to the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs. If the Chiefs start to supply optimistic checks within the subsequent 2-14 days, it received’t take an epidemiologist to find out the place the gamers contracted the virus.

Whereas the specifics of precisely when an contaminated individual is contagious could also be up for debate, some research point out that an individual could be contagious two to a few days earlier than testing optimistic and/or exhibiting signs.

And if that’s the case, everything of the Chiefs group (and the sates of Missouri and Kansas, and the fits at 345 Park Avenue, and TV executives across the nation) has to carry their breath after watching this interplay between Gilmore and Patrick Mahomes on the finish of Monday’s recreation:

Stephon Gilmore greets Patrick Mahomes after the Patriots-Chiefs recreation. (GIF from NFL.com/GamePass)

Is that change sufficient contact to unfold the virus? Maybe not. Regardless of us all being in month eight of this pandemic, the solutions aren’t ever as clear as we’d all like them to be.

It’s attainable — probably, even — {that a} transient change outside like that one wouldn’t be sufficient interplay to unfold the virus. But when you’re Mahomes, how comfy are you feeling proper now? With the virus taking in some instances two weeks to supply a optimistic check, the reigning Tremendous Bowl MVP will certainly be sweating out his every day checks, hoping in opposition to hope that they present up destructive every day.

Mahomes, although, is after all only one participant. He was not the one participant with whom Gilmore interacted on Monday, and on prime of that, Gilmore nearly actually received’t find yourself being the one COVID-positive Patriots participant to have participated in that soccer recreation.

The NFL needed to have recognized that there was a definite risk that regardless of testing and regardless of separate airplanes (one for shut contacts of Cam Newton, one for everybody else), the incubation interval of this virus would dictate that simply because Patriots examined destructive over the weekend and Monday morning, it didn’t imply that any of them had been assured to not check optimistic within the days following the sport. Such is the best way of this contagious virus. (A group touring to a recreation with two totally different planes in an effort to attempt to mitigate a full-on outbreak might need been the clearest sign that forcing the sport to be performed could not have been the wisest transfer.)

And so, with three Patriots now on the COVID-19 record — Newton, Gilmore, and follow squad D-lineman Invoice Murray — the NFL is confronted with one more dilemma. Early studies point out that Sunday’s recreation between the Patriots and Broncos is on as scheduled, as a result of that’s how the NFL has handled COVID-19 to this point. Head down, forge forward, no interruptions.

In some unspecified time in the future, the company goes to should study that doing so solely makes conditions worse. The Titans proceed to supply optimistic checks in Nashville, eight days after the virus first popped up. The Patriots are a great distance out from getting by the woods themselves. And now the Chiefs should be on excessive alert, understanding that they’ve come into shut contact with Patriots gamers who’ve been shut contacts of people that examined optimistic.

It’s a nasty state of affairs as it’s. If it unfold to the Chiefs, it’s on the precipice of getting exponentially worse.

You may e-mail Michael Hurley or discover him on Twitter @michaelFhurley.

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