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Bill Belichick releases statement on Patriots WR Josh Gordon's reinstatement

Bill Belichick releases statement on Patriots WR Josh Gordon's reinstatement

Patriots coach Bill Belichick released a statement the day after the NFL reinstated wide receiver Josh Gordon.

In typical Belichick fashion, it shed little light on Gordon's immediate future as he returns to the Patriots. The statement: 

For the past eight months, Josh’s situation has been entirely a league matter. When Josh returns to our program, we will evaluate the entire situation and do what we feel is best for Josh and the team.

Gordon is eligible to rejoin the team Sunday and take part in meetings. He won't be able to play in the Patriots' third preseason game Thursday at Gillette Stadium against the Carolina Panthers and, per the NFL statement Friday, needs to "make appropriate progress on clinical care and other arrangements" to remain eligible.

When Gordon was again suspended back in December, Belichick opened his press conference the next day by wishing Gordon the best, saying, "It's an unfortunate situation. I hope he is able to deal with it successfully."

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Patriots add kicker, two other new players to practice squad

Patriots add kicker, two other new players to practice squad

The NFL's roster merry-go-round never stops, and the Patriots kept busy on the transaction wire Wednesday by signing three players to their practice squad: DE Eric Lee, DB Adarius Pickett, and K Josh Gable.

Gable's addition is the most out-of-the-box, as Phil Perry explained earlier Wednesday afternoon.

The 28-year-old never played college football, but made a name for himself with compilations of trick shot videos on YouTube. Gable most recently played for the Tucson Sugar Skulls of the Indoor Football League, where he went 6-for-16 on field goals and 50-for-57 on extra points.

The Patriots had brought him in for a workout earlier this season, but ultimately signed Mike Nugent, who only lasted four games.

As for Lee, this marks his second stint in Foxboro. New England signed the 25-year-old late in the 2017 season, and he racked up 2.5 sacks, four quarterback hits, and an interception in his first two games.

He played in Super Bowl LII against the Eagles, but didn't survive roster cuts for the 2018 season. He bounced on and off the Lions active roster and practice squad over the last two seasons.

Pickett, the final practice squad addition, is an undrafted rookie out of UCLA who spent some time with the Bears and Chargers earlier this year.

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Ex-Patriots CB Asante Samuel tells hilarious story involving Bill Belichick and dominoes

Ex-Patriots CB Asante Samuel tells hilarious story involving Bill Belichick and dominoes

Asante Samuel spent the first five seasons of his NFL career in New England, where apparently he tested Bill Belichick's patience with his locker room antics.

The former Patriots cornerback took to Twitter on Tuesday to tell a funny story about how he gambled every day while with the Pats. Samuel claims he'd play dominoes after practice, much to the chagrin of Belichick, who apparently hated the game so much he stole a domino so no one could play anymore.

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Read Samuel's story below:

Sounds pretty on-brand for the longtime Patriots head coach.

Samuel was a key member of two Patriots Super Bowl teams (XXXVIII and XXXIX), so it doesn't seem his dominoes games were too much of a distraction. The four-time Pro Bowler tallied 22 interceptions during his tenure in New England, including a 10-INT season in 2006.

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