The Patriots are getting Cam Newton back this week, however you may’t say the identical for Pro Bowl cornerback Stephon Gilmore.
Monday marks the beginning of the team’s mandatory three-day minicamp. After Newton suffered a hand injury at OTAs on June 4, Bill Belichick mentioned the quarterback will likely be at minicamp and famous the veteran practiced final week on Friday when the media wasn’t in attendance.
“Yeah, he practiced last week. I’d expect him this week, too,” Belichick mentioned of Newton.
According to the Boston Globe, Gilmore gained’t be in attendance in Monday’s observe. The cornerback hasn’t been with the workforce for OTAs. This could possibly be an excused absence if it’s attributable to inclement climate with Gilmore’s flight. However, if the previous defensive participant of the yr is holding out, he’ll be fined per missed observe. If Gilmore misses all of minicamp, it’ll value him $93,085.
On Monday morning, Belichick began his information convention off by saying there have been some journey points as a result of climate.
“Had a little weather here. We’re working through some travel arrangements so we’ll see what the full level of participation is here today and for this week,” Belichick mentioned. “I’m sure we’ll have a pretty full roster. It’s good to see a couple new faces here.”
When requested if Gilmore was in Foxboro, Belichick was evasive in his reply.
“We’re scrambling to get things going this morning, so I didn’t really get a chance to see everybody myself, so we’ll see where we’re at,” Belichick mentioned when requested if the cornerback was current.
When requested about Gilmore not collaborating in OTAs and about his significance to the protection, Belichick mentioned, “We’ll there’s a lot of players we haven’t seen in OTAs. All the players are important and we’d like to have all of them.”
Gilmore restructured his contract final yr with the Pats and the brand new deal moved $4.5 million of his 2021 wage as much as 2020. That, nonetheless, left Gilmore with a $7 million base wage for this season.
Gilmore is coming off a season-ending quad damage that required surgical procedure.