FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots had eight gamers miss observe Wednesday because of flu-like signs, which security Devin McCourty stated had been not like something he is seen in his 10 years with the crew.

“We had guys are available in, you’d look of their eyes and you might simply inform they had been out of it,” he relayed following the crew’s preliminary observe main into Sunday night time’s street recreation towards the Houston Texans. “Hopefully a day at residence, with meds and relaxation, [will] helps guys out.”

Key starters Patrick Chung (security), Jamie Collins Sr. (linebacker), Stephon Gilmore (cornerback), Dont’a Hightower (linebacker) and Isaiah Wynn (left sort out) had been among the many eight gamers who missed observe. A ninth participant, offensive sort out Marcus Cannon, was restricted in observe because of sickness.

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Cannon performed by way of sickness in Sunday’s 13-9 rain-soaked, windy win over the Dallas Cowboys, an effort that coach Invoice Belichick acknowledged after the sport as probably the most spectacular issues he is seen.

Gamers stated Wednesday that Belichick burdened to them the significance of doing no matter is feasible to be wholesome.

“As coach would say, we’ve got to remain germ free,” stated longtime captain Matthew Slater. “It’s the season.”

Added linebacker Elandon Roberts, one of many crew’s captains: “And in case you do really feel a sure approach, say one thing so you do not attempt to maintain it in, attempt to battle by way of it, and get everybody else sick round you.”

At one level when reporters had been within the locker room Wednesday, one participant was sporting a masks as a preventative measure.

“We clearly have the flu bug going round, however wash your fingers and hold washing your fingers and you will be all proper,” security Duron Harmon stated.

Acknowledging there’s at all times some uncertainty with diseases, McCourty did not appear overly involved as to how it could have an effect on the Patriots (10-1) towards the Texans (7-4).

“We’ve got a number of powerful guys, however we’ve got to see the way it goes all through the week,” he stated.

Elsewhere on the damage entrance, receiver Phillip Dorsett II stated he’s out of the concussion protocol after lacking Sunday’s recreation.

“I am simply glad to be again,” he stated.