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Belichick, reporter engage in entertaining back-and-forth on Gronk's status

Belichick, reporter engage in entertaining back-and-forth on Gronk's status

FOXBORO -- It's always an interesting dynamic when a new reporter settles into a seat inside the Gillette Stadium workroom ready to spar with Bill Belichick. The reporter has a job to do and will ask questions he or she feels are legitimate, and Belichick will engage as he sees fit. 

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One of the more entertaining (or awkward, depending on your viewpoint) back-and-forths between Belichick and a curious journalist - who was arguably not all that ready to spar based on one of his follow-ups -  occurred on Wednesday morning when the topic of Rob Gronkowski's status popped up.

Gronkowski entered into the league's concussion protocol following a hit by Jaguars safety Barry Church during the NFL title game, per NFL Media. You can find the details on what the protocol entails here

Did Belichick expect the All-Pro tight end to play, the reporter asked. Any updates there?

"Yeah, we'll be compliant with the NFL injury report," Belichick said, "and when that's required we'll put it on."

When will the process be finished, the reporter pressed on? (There is no timetable on concussion recovery or the NFL's protocol because of the nature of those types of injuries.)

"When what process is finished?" Belichick asked. "Whatever the situation is, whatever his status is, we'll put it on the injury report. We'll make sure you're the first one to get it."

"I'm sure you will," the reporter said sarcastically.

"Not a problem," Belichick said.

When the question was posed again as to whether or not Belichick expected Gronkowski to play, Belichick answered, "We'll put it right on the injury report and that's what we're going to do, like everybody else does. We'll make sure you're first on this list."

"Thank you," said the reporter, seemingly exasperated.

"Don't want to hold anything back here," Belichick said.

The reporter appeared fed up at this point, saying, "I know you don't."

Belichick had the final word. "It's all we can do," he said. 

Report: James Harrison could return to Patriots

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Report: James Harrison could return to Patriots

James Harrison was a larger than life figure during his time in Pittsburgh. 

It was as if God molded him to be a member of the Steelers: massive, physical, and an absolute bruiser.

But at the end of the day he is a football player. And athletes in this sport don't particuarly like time on the bench.

Mike Tomlin and the rest of the Steelers organization were reminded of this fact in a very harsh manner.

At the end of the December, Harrison made a late season move to sign with the Patriots. It left his former teammates in Pittsburgh frustrated, and his former fans confused.

But at the end of the day he just wanted to be on the football field again. And that's exactly where Belichick put him.

Harrison had the opportunity to appear in many more situations, and had several sacks at the end of the season.

Now there is a new report from Christopher Price of the Boston Sports Journal that he could re-sign with the Patriots in 2018.

A source close to Price and Harrison said "there's a reasonable chance" that he could be on the roster next year.

He will be playing this upcoming season at age 40, and has previously stated he'd like to play one or two more seasons.

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King: It was football, not family that kept McDaniels with Patriots

King: It was football, not family that kept McDaniels with Patriots

There have been all kinds of theories of what ultimately kept Josh McDaniels from taking the Indianapolis Colts head coaching job.

NBC Sports Boston Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran offered his here and here. Ex-Pats linebacker Willie McGinest said he was told it wasn't because McDaniels was promised to eventually succeed Bill Belichick. 

Now comes Sports Illustrated's Peter King, who told NBCSports Network's "PFT Live" that you can cross off the theory that McDaniels' reversal was about not wanting to move his family to Indianapolis. 

“This had nothing to do with his family,” King said. “It was about the Patriots giving him a better option than Indianapolis.”

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