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Bill Belichick non-committal on Patriots WR Antonio Brown's status vs. Dolphins

Bill Belichick non-committal on Patriots WR Antonio Brown's status vs. Dolphins

Antonio Brown is officially a New England Patriots player, but we still don't know for sure if he will play Sunday when the defending Super Bowl champions take on the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was asked Tuesday in a conference call with Miami reporters if Brown will suit up Sunday, and he was non-committal.

"You know, I don't know," Belichick said. "We just acquired him yesterday. We haven't practiced so I can't answer that question now. We'll take it day-by-day and see how it goes."

The Patriots offense is a complex one, and even though Brown is a very talented and intelligent wide receiver, it would be unreasonable to expect him to master the playbook before Sunday's 1 p.m. ET kickoff.

"We'll just take it day-by-day," Belichick said Tuesday in a separate conference call with Boston reporters. "We haven't practiced yet, so we're going through information with him like we would any new player, like we did with offensive linemen last week and just take it day-by-day and see how it goes. Get out on the practice field and after Wednesday talk about Thursday and just go through the week and see how it goes."

The Patriots do have recent experience integrating a top-tier wide receiver into their offense in-season. They acquired Josh Gordon in a trade with the Cleveland Browns in September of last year, and it didn't take the veteran wideout long to make a strong impact.

"Again, each situation is different. Each player is different," Belichick said. "The game that he's coming in for, obviously, has a different game plan, so we'll just have to take it on a case-by-case basis. Every year we've had players come on to the team that weren't with the team at the start of the season in various points in the year in all three phases of the game. It's basically the same process. What the role is and how fast the process goes and all of that just depends on each individual situation so we'll see."

The Patriots can afford to give Brown extra time to learn the offense and not throw him into the fire Sunday in Miami. The Dolphins lost 59-10 at home to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 1, and the Patriots are 18.5-point favoriters entering Week 2. The Patriots don't need Brown to dominate the Dolphins, but it wouldn't be surprising if he does play a few snaps.

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Tom Brady 'proud' of ex-teammate Jimmy Garoppolo's success with 49ers

Tom Brady 'proud' of ex-teammate Jimmy Garoppolo's success with 49ers

Tom Brady is admiring ex-Patriots teammate Jimmy Garoppolo's success with the 49ers from afar.

Despite suffering his first loss of the season on Monday night vs. the Seahawks, the former Pats backup quarterback is thriving as San Francisco's starting QB. Garoppolo, like Brady, has his team off to an 8-1 start and pegged as a favorite to compete in Miami for Super Bowl LIV.

Brady talked about Garoppolo's early success on Monday during his weekly Westwood One interview with Jim Gray.

"He's done a great job. The point of playing football is to win, so when your team's winning and you're the quarterback, you're doing your job," Brady told Gray. "I'm certainly proud of everything that he's accomplished. He was a really great guy for me to get to know and to see on a daily basis.

"I think the great thing to see if players who take advantage of their opportunity. He had an organization that put a lot on the line to get him, and he's taken advantage of that opportunity. I know he had a tough injury last year, but he showed a lot of mental toughness in coming back from a tough injury and is playing great football."

Garoppolo was drafted by the Patriots in 2014 and served as Brady's backup until he was traded to the 49ers in 2017. The Eastern Illinois product got the chance to showcase his talents in two starts during the 2016 season, going 2-0 with four touchdowns and zero interceptions.

Since then, the 28-year-old has overcome a devastating knee injury and become the leader of an NFC powerhouse that looks like it'll be in the mix for years to come. Not a bad deal for the man once thought of as Brady's potential successor.

As for Brady and the Patriots, they'll look to bounce back from their Week 10 loss to the Ravens on Sunday when they face off against the Eagles. If all goes according to plan, a February reunion for Brady and Garoppolo in Miami could be in the works.

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Rob Gronkowski reunites with David Ortiz, calls him his 'new trainer'

Rob Gronkowski reunites with David Ortiz, calls him his 'new trainer'

Two of Boston's most beloved sports figures in the city's history did some reuniting on Monday.

Rob Gronkowski and David Ortiz joined forces for an Instagram video that certainly will add to the speculation about a possible comeback for the retired Patriots tight end.

“Big Papi’s my new trainer,” Gronkowski says in the video while flexing. “We are reunited.”

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Don't get too excited though, Patriots fans. Gronk has pretty much already shut down the idea of a comeback this season and is preoccupied with some new television responsibilities. He has, however, left the door open to return to the gridiron one day.

If Gronk does decide to help out the Pats' current tight end situation, he has until Nov. 30 to make up his mind.

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