The Patriots have downgraded CB Stephon Gilmore (knee) to out for today's game against the Bills. That improves the matchup for Buffalo's lead wideout, Stefon Diggs.

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Patriots CB Stephon Gilmore left Thursday's practice after he "tweaked" a knee, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The injury was apparently deemed minor after an MRI, but it's not yet clear whether it will keep him out of Sunday's game against the Bills. Losing Gilmore would improve the matchup for Buffalo WR Stefon Diggs.

Patriots CB Stephon Gilmore has tested positive for COVID, ESPN's Field Yates reports. Gilmore joins QB Cam Newton and practice squad DT Bill Murray on New England's COVID list. The Patriots' game against the Broncos this Sunday is now seemingly in jeopardy. Stay tuned.

The Bills have placed CB Stephon Gilmore on IR with a shoulder injury. That takes arguably the #1 corner away from their defense, though Pro Football Focus has graded rookie Ronald Darby among the league's top performers at the position. Either way, it can only weaken a defense that has already allowed 20+ points in 4 straight weeks and ranks middle of the league or worse in many pass-D categories.

Bills CB Stephon Gilmore (groin) is inactive for today's game against the Bears.  He'll be replaced by Corey Graham.  It's a significant matchup upgrade for QB Jay Cutler and WRs Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery.

The QB injuries grabbed the headlines in Buffalo, but the team also quietly announced that it will miss CB Stephon Gilmore for a while.  The 2nd-year cover man will be out 6-8 weeks because of a fractured wrist.  It's a big blow to an already questionable secondary and defense hoping to improve.  Gilmore has the makings of a long-term building block. Leodis McKelvin and Crezdon Butler are expected to start at CB until Gilmore returns.  If the position struggles, Aaron Williams could slide back from safety -- where he projects to start next to Jairus Byrd.

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