- The New England Patriots travelled to their road game on two planes this week after an illness swept through the locker room.
- With 10 players on the injury report because of illness, healthy players travelled on their own to try to keep the illness from spreading further through the team.
- The luxury was one only the Patriots could afford as the only team in the league with two planes at its disposal.
- It was not the first time New England had taken extra care of its players when it came to air travel.
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The New England Patriots made an extravagant travel decision this week while travelling to their road game against the Houston Texans, electing to take two planes to Texas rather than having the entire team travel together.
According to ESPN’s Field Yates, the two planes were a precautionary response to an illness in the Patriots locker room; the team hoped the move would prevent the illness from spreading any further among its healthy players.
With an illness sweeping the locker room this week, the Patriots did something uncommon in traveling to Houston: the team flew in two planes, one to accommodate those who were sick and keep others away from them. Nine players are questionable because of the sickness.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) December 1, 2019
It was a luxury that only the Patriots could afford, as they are the only team in the league that has two planes at its personal disposal.
Eight players missed practice Wednesday while dealing with an illness. While the Patriots’ injury report is not always the most reliable source of information, it had 10 players on the list this week because of flu-like symptoms.
It’s not the first time the Patriots have shown their players love through air travel. Before the team had even one private plane, head coach Bill Belichick used to allow veteran players to fly in first class while the coaching staff sat in coach, a move former Patriots defensive end Chris Long said players greatly appreciated.
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