Flu strikes New England Patriots ahead of their next game

Nine players, including five starters, were sent home from Wednesday’s practice.
1:11 | 11/29/19

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Back now with the medical issue taking the new England patriots by surprise. At least nine members of the defending champions sacked by a bad case of the flu. ABC's Kaylee Hartung with more. Reporter: Flu season proving once again it can tackle anyone. Tonight, sidelining several members of the reigning super bowl champs as they prepare for their next game. Intercepted by new England! Reporter: Nine of the new England patriots hit with the flu this week. Most sent home from Wednesday's practice, including five starters. We just had guys came in, you look in their eyes and you could tell, they were just out of it. Reporter: Massachusetts among six states battling widespread influenza activity, as the virus continues to spread. Flu season came early this year. Its earliest start in the last but the center for disease control says it's not an indication of how severe or how long flu season will be. The patriots now taking precautions to protect its healthy players. And encouraging them to speak up, instead of fighting through it if they feel ill. Tonight, four of those players still unable to practice. This is a reminder, it's not too late to get vaccinated. The CDC says getting a flu shot is the best way to prevent the virus and its potentially serious complications. Tom? Always a good reminder. All right, think. When we come back, the death

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