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Patriots take two separate planes to split off sick players

A New England Patriots flag flies outside the window of an airplane after the Patriots arrive at George Bush International Airport. Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The New England Patriots are dealing with an extensive illness on their roster that has ten players listed on the injury report. There are likely other players dealing with more moderate symptoms, and that has resulted in the Patriots going to considerable lengths to quarantine the sick folks. Field Yates is reporting the team took two separate planes to Houston to split off the players who are ill.

This has been one of the more notable stories this week, and you have to wonder how the sick players will perform on Sunday Night Football against the Houston Texans. If you’re sitting out or limited in practice, that’s a serious illness.

There will likely be plenty of fluids available on the sideline throughout Sunday’s game, but how might a group of weakened players perform? The Patriots are a field goal favorite, but an illness could very well prove to be a great equalizer.