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Bill Belichick seemed to enjoy shutting down these Josh Gordon questions

Bill Belichick seemed to enjoy shutting down these Josh Gordon questions

We all knew Bill Belichick would be asked about Josh Gordon on Monday. We also knew he wouldn't say much about the reinstated wide receiver.

What we didn't know was that Belichick would turn into a standup comedian (by his standards, anyway).

The New England Patriots head coach first was asked in his Monday press conference if Gordon was in good spirits after being reinstated from his indefinite suspension over the weekend.

"I released a statement on that," Belichick snapped. "I have nothing to add on that."

When another Gordon question followed, Belichick repeated his answer, before turning a mischievous grin on the reporter who dared to press further.

"Did you get a copy of the statement? Sorry, I don't do MyFace, but I'd be happy to give you a copy. That's where I'm at."

Belichick's statement didn't provide much detail on Gordon, only noting the Patriots will "do what we feel is best for Josh and the team" when he returns. But we still don't know when Gordon will return to the Patriots' roster, as he was placed on the non-football injury list Sunday.

NBC Sports Boston's Phil Perry asked Belichick about that uncertainty -- and was met with another Belichick wisecrack.

"He hasn't even been on the field yet. I think I've covered it," Belichick said.

" ... Is there another line of questioning, or can the witness step down now?"

Belichick likely will continue to field questions on Gordon until the talented wideout returns to the field. But at least the grumpy head coach is having some fun with his non-answers.

You can check out Belichick's exchanges in the video below, starting at around the 2:05 mark:

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Tom Brady laughs off Patriots injury report designation: 'I'm feeling really good'

Tom Brady laughs off Patriots injury report designation: 'I'm feeling really good'

The New England Patriots' Thursday injury report raised some eyebrows as Tom Brady was downgraded to limited in practice. But per usual, the injury designation doesn't seem to be a cause for concern.

In fact, Brady couldn't help but laugh when asked about being listed with elbow and toe ailments. During his Thursday night appearance on Westwood One with Jim Gray, Brady assured Patriots fans he'll be good to go vs. the Kansas City Chiefs.

“That might be the first time my toe’s been on the injury report,” Brady said. “So, you know us Patriots. We’re pretty diligent about listing everything. So, I guess you have to make mention of my toe now, as well.”

As for the elbow issue, Brady dealt with it during last week's game in Houston and is ready to do the same at Gillette Stadium on Sunday.

“Isn’t there some HIPAA violation or something like that when I start talking about all of my injuries?” Brady joked. “I’m doing pretty good. I’m doing pretty good. At this time of the year, I’ll take it. I’ll take anything if I’m still able to go out there and feel like I can play my best. I’m feeling really good, really positive about this weekend.”

Kickoff for the much-anticipated Patriots-Chiefs matchup is set for 4:25 p.m., and it sounds like Brady's more than ready for the AFC Championship Game rematch.

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Patriots Talk Podcast: A detailed look at why Tom Brady's time in NE is winding down

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Patriots Talk Podcast: A detailed look at why Tom Brady's time in NE is winding down

For 19 seasons, Tom Brady has been the unquestioned starter at quarterback for the New England Patriots. And for 19 years, he has started every game that he has been healthy for.

But ahead of the 2020 offseason, Brady's status with the organization remains as questionable as ever.

For the first time in his career, the 42-year-old Brady will be set to hit unrestricted free agency. He agreed to a restructured contract with the team this offseason, but it only gave him a pay raise this season and guaranteed that the team couldn't slap him with the franchise tag.

While Brady could return to the Patriots, it's possible that he could choose to go elsewhere if the team doesn't commit to him financially or surround him with better weaponry.

On the latest episode of the Patriots Talk Podcast, Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry discussed the possibility of Brady leaving. And as Curran pointed out, that topic hasn't been broached with much seriousness despite the fact that free agency is closer than some may realize.

We're talking about a seismic occurrence in the arc of the dynasty that is basically 90 days away. They could come to some kind of conclusion and rectify it and he might finish his career here, but it doesn't smell that way.

It's important to note that nothing is set in stone, and the Brady-Patriots relationship has endured for two decades for a reason. Despite some strain in the relationship at times, things have always been smoothed over. 

That said, there are some quarterback-needy teams that could attempt to lure Brady away from New England in an attempt to put their team over the top. Curran and Perry identified a few different options on the podcast, one of which was the Los Angeles Chargers.

Hear more from Curran and Perry on the latest episode of "The Patriots Talk Podcast," which drops every Tuesday and Thursday as a part of the NBC Sports Boston podcast network.

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