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Josh Gordon in pads a sign he's off NFI, eligible to play Week 1

Josh Gordon in pads a sign he's off NFI, eligible to play Week 1

FOXBORO -- For the first time since late last year, Josh Gordon is officially eligible to play in a regular-season game. 

Practicing in pads for the first time since he was suspended by the NFL for violating its substance abuse policy last season, it appears as though Josh Gordon has been removed from the non-football injury list. Had Gordon remained on NFI into the regular season, he would've been forced to miss the first six games of the year. 

Now eligible for the active roster when rosters are cut down from 90 to 53 players, Gordon could suit up for the Patriots and be in the huddle with Tom Brady for New England's Week 1 game with Pittsburgh. 

Gordon is part of a crowded receiver room that could be well-populated even into the start of the regular season. It's conceivable that the Patriots hold onto Gordon, Julian Edelman, Demaryius Thomas, N'Keal Harry, Jakobi Meyers and Phillip Dorsett when cuts are made. (That was the group that made the cut in our most recent 53-man roster projection.) Slot receivers and returners Braxton Berrios and Gunner Olszewski could also make cases for roster spots. 

The Patriots haven't kept six wideouts (not including Matthew Slater) in recent years, but given the number of question marks associated with those names listed above, it might behoove Bill Belichick to keep extra reserves available. Should any one of those names above be removed from the equation for reasons out of the head coach's control, Belichick might like to have a dependable player like Dorsett -- acquired in a trade that sent the Colts their new starting quarterback, Jacoby Brissett, in 2017 -- to turn to.

Harry and Berrios were back at practice after missing Thursday's preseason game against the Panthers. Berrios is expected to be able to play Thursday in the preseason finale, while Harry has missed practice time and both preseason games since getting hurt in the preseason opener in Detroit on Aug. 8. 

Matt LaCosse, the tight end who hasn't participated in a preseason game since getting hurt against the Lions, was also back at practice. Patrick Chung, who wasn't spotted at Thursday's game, was in full pads and had a wrap around his right arm. Chung was indicted for cocaine possession earlier this month and has an arraignment hearing scheduled for Wednesday. 

Among those missing from Sunday's fully-padded workout were David Andrews, Damien Harris, Trent Harris, Lance Kendricks, Ben Watson and Maurice Harris. Damien Harris, Kendricks and Watson all suffered injuries against the Panthers on Thursday. Olszewski was also injured Thursday but was present at Sunday's practice.

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Antonio Brown, Robert Kraft, Pats and Bruins among most searched on Google in 2019

Antonio Brown, Robert Kraft, Pats and Bruins among most searched on Google in 2019

You people are searching Antonio Brown on Google way, way too much. 

Seriously, the former New England Patriots wide receiver was the fifth most searched on Google in 2019, according to CNN. He also ranked as the No. 1 person searched and first in athletes searched.

To go along with Brown, Pats owner Robert Kraft was the tenth most searched person in 2019 -- it's no surprise either considering the major massage parlor scandal he was involved in. The Pats were also the second most searched NFL team behind the Dallas Cowboys, according to Google. 

The Boston Bruins also were the first most searched NHL team following their devastating loss to the St. Louis Blues in the 2019 Stanley Cup Final. The New England Revolution landed at No. 6 in the most searched MLS clubs. Both the Boston Red Sox and Celtics failed to make the list. 

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Bengals coach Zac Taylor won't comment about Patriots videotaping investigation

Bengals coach Zac Taylor won't comment about Patriots videotaping investigation

The news of Patriots-affiliated photographers videotaping the Bengals' sideline went mainstream when Cincinnati head coach Zac Taylor was asked about it Monday.

And though he only offered limited commentary — he said he was "aware there was an incident" and that "the league was investigating it" — the response turned into national headlines and easy jokes from Patriots haters across the country.

Taylor had another chance to offer his thoughts on the situation Thursday morning during a conference call with the New England media, but he stayed away from further commentary. Far, far away. 

Here's the exchange:

Q: What are your general thoughts on the videotaping situation with the Patriots?
ZT: I have no comment on that.

Q: Some reports have said that you are livid about the situation. Is that true?
ZT: I have no comment on that.

Q: How much do you and your coaching staff use hand signals during games?
ZT:
I think, like any team, we communicate visually and verbally, depending on the environment we’re in.

Q: Do you believe the Patriots’ explanation for this situation?
ZT: I don’t have any comment on any of that stuff.

Q: Has anyone from the Patriots organization reached out to you to clear the air?
ZT: I don’t have any comment on any of that.

Q: Why do you believe it’s in your best interest not to have any comment at any point on this ongoing incident that’s affected your team?
ZT:
Because this is a tough opponent right now, and we’re devoting all of our time to making sure we’re prepared. And so that’s where all of our focus has been on.

Q: Your time now is spent with us, though.
ZT: Yeah, it is. And I have no comment.

Q: Do you regret anything about how this all transpired?
ZT: No. 

Well, that explains that. Or does it? According to the Boston Globe's Ben Volin, Bengals employees were reportedly "livid" about the videotaping.

If Taylor really isn't letting this situation distract him from the task at hand, that's because it's already a big enough challenge for the first-year coach. His 1-12 Bengals are 10-point underdogs to the Patriots Sunday.

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