Patriots' Stephon Gilmore (quad) reportedly undergoing season-ending surgery

New England Patriots defensive back Stephon Gilmore (quad) will undergo season-ending surgery, reports Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

What It Means:

Gilmore was forced from New England's Week 15 game against the Dolphins with a non-contact injury that wound up being a partially torn quad. He avoided structural damage around his knee and is expected to be ready before the start of the 2021 season. It's an upgrade for the offenses of the Patriots' final two opponents, the Buffalo Bills in Week 16 and then the New York Jets in the finale.

Gilmore has earned the No. 65 defensive grade (61.0) and No. 72 coverage grade (58.5) from Pro Football Focus among 159 cornerbacks with at least 100 defensive snaps this season.