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Josh Gordon injury: Patriots WR leaves game vs. Giants after awkward leg twist

Josh Gordon injury: Patriots WR leaves game vs. Giants after awkward leg twist

FOXBORO, Mass. -- The New England Patriots are losing depth at wide receiver fast.

The defending Super Bowl champs already ruled out wide receiver Phillip Dorsett (hamstring injury) before Thursday night's game against the New York Giants at Gillette Stadium, and in the second quarter the Pats lost Josh Gordon after his leg got awkwardly tangled up trying to make a tackle.

The sequence started when the Giants sacked Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, forced a fumble and returned it for a touchdown. Gordon tried to make a play at the goal line and his leg appeared to get caught. He went into the blue medical tent after walking gingerly off the field under his own power.

Gordon emerged from the medical tent and did some stretches before hopping on the stationary bike. The Patriots officially announced in the third quarter that Gordon is questionable to return with a knee injury.

Julian Edelman and rookies Jakobi Meyers and Gunner Olszewski are the top three Patriots wide receivers while Dorsett and Gordon unavailable. 

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Tom Brady on having elbow wrapped after Patriots loss: 'I'll be fine'

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Tom Brady on having elbow wrapped after Patriots loss: 'I'll be fine'

There are still three days until the Patriots release their first injury report ahead of their Week 15 matchup against the Bengals, but Tom Brady has a prediction: his name will show up.

When Brady went to the podium following Sunday's 23-16 loss to the Chiefs, his right elbow was heavily wrapped.

"I just got hit right on my elbow. It's fine," Brady said. "I'll probably be on the injury report, but I'll be there next Sunday."

Brady was sacked three times Sunday while going just 19-for-36 for 169 yards, his second-lowest total of the season and his third sub-200 yard game of the 2019 season.

The 42-year-old quarterback also appeared on last week's injury report thanks to toe and elbow issues, but he was taken off the report Friday ahead of the Chiefs game.

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Turning Point: Tom Brady's interception helped dig Patriots early hole

Turning Point: Tom Brady's interception helped dig Patriots early hole

FOXBORO -- Josh McDaniels noted that, despite the difficulties his offense has faced this season, one of the things it was actually pretty good at was taking care of the football.

But a turnover early in Sunday's matchup between the Patriots and Chiefs helped dig McDaniels' offense a hole that it'd have trouble climbing out of.

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Our Turning Point from the rematch between 2018 AFC Championship Game opponents was Tom Brady's early second-quarter interception. On a first-down snap -- the first offensive snap after allowing a 48-yard score to Chiefs rookie Mecole Hardman -- Brady sold a play-action fake and floated a seam pass to tight end Matt LaCosse. There was no confusion. No hesitation in his release.

But the Chiefs were in zone, it appeared, and corner Bashaud Breeland was dropping with his eyes on Brady as Julian Edelman ran a slant in front of him. Not sticking at all with the slant -- perhaps because he almost lost his footing coming out of his stance -- Breeland easily jumped the seam route and picked off Brady's lob.

The Patriots had plenty of time to overcome that mistake, but things snowballed from there. The Chiefs rattled off an eight-play drive to score on an inverted wishbone play -- something New England had seen from Baltimore and Houston earlier this year -- to make the score 17-7.

The Patriots lost, 23-16.

Breeland, who made the game-winning pass breakup on fourth down with about a minute left in the fourth quarter, made a good play to intercept Brady when he did. But that mistake by the Patriots offense -- one they'd been fairly adept at avoiding over the course of the season -- cost them.

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