Wash your hands, people.

Flu season is here, and it appears it has hit the New England Patriots locker room.

Eight players including cornerback Stephon Gilmore and linebacker Dont'a Hightower missed Wednesday's practice at Gillette Stadium due to illness. Patriots captain Devin McCourty addressed the issue on Wednesday, saying it's unlike anything he's seen in his 10-year career.

"It was rough today. We had a lot of guys come in here and got sent home," McCourty told reporters. "Those are tough situations. You don't know how you're going to feel. But, you know, we talked about last week [Marcus] Cannon is a guy who was sick all week and fought through the game. So we've got a lot of tough guys, but we've got to kind of see how it goes throughout the week. 

"For me, in my 10 years here, this is probably the most guys I've seen be gone with just being sick. Guys came in, you look in their eyes and you could tell they were just out of it. So hopefully a day at home with meds and rest will help guys out."

Marcus Cannon battled through his illness to play in Sunday's win over the Cowboys and received high praise from head coach Bill Belichick afterward for his efforts.

Players will look to follow in Cannon's footsteps in their upcoming Sunday Night Football matchup vs. the Houston Texans.


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