Gilmore (ankle), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, is viewed as a game-time decision, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. If Gilmore fights through the ankle issue and suits up, he'll likely be playing at less-than-optimal health, as he appeared to be moving slowly while getting off the Patriots' team bus Sunday, per Michael Giardi of NFL Network. Gilmore has proven his worth as the Patriots' top cornerback this season, but it hasn't translated to much IDP utility. He's racked up 37 tackles, 15 pass breakups, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and a sack through 12 contests.
Gilmore was added to the Patriots' injury report Friday with an ankle issue and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Miami, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports. While a late addition to the injury report is usually concerning, Gilmore still managed a limited practice Friday. Given how the Patriots tend to guard injury information, confirmation on his status may have to wait until the team's inactive list is released at approximately 11:30 AM ET on Sunday. With Gilmore well established among the elite at his position, an absence would be a positive development for the Week 14 outlooks of Ryan Tannehill, DeVante Parker and Kenny Stills.
Gilmore posted four tackles (all solo), including a sack, and a forced fumble in Sunday's loss to the Titans. Gilmore's sack Sunday was the first of his career. He's having another quality season for the Patriots and has been the team's top cover corner. Looking ahead, the Patriots have a Week 11 bye before taking on the Jets in Week 12.
Gilmore finished the 2017 regular season with 50 tackles and two interceptions in 13 games. Expectations were high after the cornerback signed a five-year, $65 million contract with the Patriots this offseason, but Gilmore endured a rough start to his 2017 campaign. His play improved as the season rolled along, however, and the 27-year-old is poised to remain a mainstay in the New England secondary for the foreseeable future.
Gilmore recorded eight tackles (all solo) and a pass breakup in Sunday's 27-24 win over the Steelers. The eight tackles are by far Gilmore's most in a game this season and therefore shouldn't be considered the norm. The 27-year-old played every defensive snap Sunday, which is a good sign considering he came into the game nursing an ankle injury.