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Belichick pupils go 1-for-3 on Hall of Fame enshrinement

Belichick pupils go 1-for-3 on Hall of Fame enshrinement

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- Bill Belichick has made an effort this year to stump for certain names to be enshrined into the Hall of Fame. 

In October, he called Rodney Harrison a "Hall of Fame-level player, in my opinion." In November, he said that former Cowboys vice president of player personnel Gil Brandt deserved to be enshrined in Canton, Ohio. 

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On Saturday, Belichick had an opportunity to see three former players inducted into the Hall of Fame: Randy Moss, Ty Law and Everson Walls. Only Moss made the final cut, joining Brian Urlacher, Ray Lewis, Brian Dawkins, Terrell Owens, Jerry Kramer, Robert Brazile and Bobby Beathard in this year's class.

Earlier in the week, Belichick touted the careers of all three of his former players. He coached Moss in New England from 2007-2010. He was with Law as the defensive backs coach of the Patriots in 1996 and then served as his head coach from 2000-2004. Belichick coached Walls with both the Giants (1990) and the Browns (1992-1993).

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"They're all great players . . . They're all great players," Belichick said earlier in the week. "Different styles, different attributes that they have, but all great players. All certainly worthy of being in the discussion. It's hard for me, I don't really know what the criteria for the Hall of Fame is so it'd be hard for me to comment on that. But I had great experiences coaching those players. They performed very well . . . I have a tremendous amount of respect for all three that I coached."

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Report: Gronk back spasms 'a short term thing'

Report: Gronk back spasms 'a short term thing'

Back spasms are what kept Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski from playing on Sunday and his return for the Monday night game in Buffalo next week is in play, according to the NFL Network's Mike Giardi.

The spasms likely explain Gronk's sudden appearance on the injury report Friday and his status going from doubtful on Saturday when he didn't travel to Chicago to out. 

He had been limited by an ankle injury earlier this season but had played in the Patriots previous six regular-season games.

Here's more on Gronk from NBC Sports Boston Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran. 

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Report: Sony Michel's knee injury 'not considered serious'

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Report: Sony Michel's knee injury 'not considered serious'

Exhale, everybody.

The injury looked far more serious when it first happened . . . 

. . . and it was feared he could have been lost for the season. That, however, does not appear to be the case.