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Josh Gordon suspended indefinitely for violating reinstatement terms

Josh Gordon suspended indefinitely for violating reinstatement terms

The New England Patriots just lost their leading wide receiver.

Josh Gordon made a surprise announcement Thursday morning, revealing he's stepping away from football to focus on his mental health.

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NFL Network's Tom Pelissero offered insight into why: The veteran wide receiver reportedly is facing an indefinite suspension for violating the terms of his reinstatement.

Gordon missed the entire 2015 and 2016 seasons due to suspensions related to substance abuse. He was reinstated during the 2017 season.

The 27-year-old joined the Patriots on Sept. 17 via trade with the Cleveland Browns and seemed to fit in nicely, tallying a team-high 720 receiving yards in 11 games.

It appears Gordon's off-field demons have made a comeback, however, and his departure couldn't come at a worse time for New England.

The Patriots are in the midst of a rare two-game losing streak and struggled offensively last Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. With Gordon gone and Rob Gronkowski not looking like his usual self, the Pats will need to find a way to fill the talented wideout's void.

New England released a brief statement Thursday morning regarding Gordon.

UPDATE (2:35 p.m. ET): The NFL made it official Thursday morning, placing Gordon on the Reserve/Commissioner Suspended list indefinitely. Gordon will remain on the Patriots' roster but is ineligible to play until reinstated.

New England now has one open roster spot.

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Watch Rob Gronkowski's wild intro as WrestleMania 36 host

Watch Rob Gronkowski's wild intro as WrestleMania 36 host

Rob Gronkowski may be done with football, but he continues to find ways to entertain us on our television screens.

The former New England Patriots tight end is hosting WrestleMania 36 this weekend alongside WWE star Mojo Rawley. And as one would expect, Gronk brought the energy to start off the two-night event.

“[WWE] picked the right guy [to host WrestleMania], because I know how to start a party on a Saturday night and end it 30 hours later," Gronk quipped in his introduction.

Watch below:

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Between the WWE and his various other ventures, Gronkowski seemingly has been everywhere these last few weeks. He appeared on SmackDown, was revealed as White Tiger in "The Masked Singer," and participated in a virtual beer pong tournament for coronavirus relief.

In other words, retirement seems to be treating the future Pro Football Hall of Famer well.

Stephon Gilmore seems to think covering new Bills WR Stefon Diggs will be 'light work'

Stephon Gilmore seems to think covering new Bills WR Stefon Diggs will be 'light work'

Does New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore think covering new Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs will be "light work?" 

It certainly seems that way. Gilmore defended Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper after former Bills and New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan called Cooper a "turd" on ESPN's "Get Up."

The 29-year-old called Cooper one of the "toughest receivers in the league to cover," but when a fan responded saying Diggs will be tougher, another fan said he'd be "light work" and Gilmore liked that tweet. 

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Will Diggs really be that difficult for the Defensive Player of the Year to handle? It's tough to say, but Diggs put up some impressive numbers with the Minnesota Vikings before being traded to the Bills.

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In five seasons with the Vikings, Diggs has 4,623 yards and 30 touchdowns -- he's had 1,000-plus yards receiving in back-to-back years and has never played a full 16-game season. On the other hand, Gilmore had six interceptions last season with two touchdowns, 44 solo tackles and a fumble recovery. 

With the Patriots and Bills set to meet at least twice next season, it'll be interesting to see how things shake out.