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Josh Gordon's scary-looking leg twist 'not a major injury,' per report

Josh Gordon's scary-looking leg twist 'not a major injury,' per report

The New England Patriots can ill afford more serious injuries in their wide receiver corps. And it seems they'll get their wish.

Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon's knee injury he suffered Thursday night against the New York Giants is not considered serious, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Friday morning.

"The good news for the Patriots is Josh Gordon was spotted in the second half riding the (stationary) bike," Rapoport said on NFL Network. "That indicates, one, he had a chance to come back ... and two, that it is not a major injury for Josh Gordon."

Gordon suffered the injury trying to tackle Markus Golden near the end zone after the Giants linebacker recovered a fumble in the second quarter. Gordon's left leg awkwardly buckled underneath him, and he walked gingerly off the field and didn't return for the rest of the game, finishing with just one catch for seven yards.

The Patriots and their undermanned wide receiver corps pulled out a 35-14 win, though, and Gordon now has 10 full days to recover, as New England doesn't play again until next Monday night against the New York Jets.

Considering the Patriots finished Thursday's game with Julian Edelman, Jakobi Meyers and Gunner Olszewski as their top three wideouts, they'll be hoping Gordon can recover before Week 7.

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Why Josh McDaniels never views Tom Brady's frustration as a bad thing

Why Josh McDaniels never views Tom Brady's frustration as a bad thing

Tom Brady's surprisingly dour mood Sunday night was off-putting for many, especially since his New England Patriots had just beaten the Philadelphia Eagles to move to 9-1.

But offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels has worked with Brady long enough to know his quarterback's frustrations shouldn't be over-scrutinized.

"I can’t comment exactly on his frame of mind,” McDaniels said Tuesday on a conference call when asked about Brady's repeated laments regarding New England's offensive struggles. "I just know that he’s a competitive guy.

" ... I've been with Tom a long time. I appreciate his competitive spirit, his desire to be perfect in everything he does and everything that our unit does, and I don't ever take that as a negative."

The Patriots' offense has been far from perfect: Sunday marked Brady's third game this season without a touchdown pass, and New England ranks 16th in the NFL in yards per game despite its 9-1 record.

But McDaniels doesn't think it's a bad thing that Brady is vocalizing the unit's need for improvement.

"I talk to him frequently," McDaniels said. "We've had games where we've scored 40 points and we haven't been real happy either because there were certain things that we didn't do as well."

As Brady mentioned in an interview Monday, the Patriots don't even need to drop 40 points per game the way their defense has been playing. McDaniels seemed to share his quarterback's sentiment while acknowledging his offense must be better entering next Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys.

"When you don't do as well as you'd like to do, you can understand that ... you're frustrated with your output," McDaniels said. "But at the same time, understanding the big picture: Our number one goal and the most important thing for all of us is to contribute to wins.

"I think there were many things the other day that we did that helped contribute to that, and there were certainly things that we did that need to be better going forward."

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Antonio Brown apologizes to Patriots owner Robert Kraft for 'bad media and the drama'

Antonio Brown apologizes to Patriots owner Robert Kraft for 'bad media and the drama'

Antonio Brown took to social media Tuesday to apologize to New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft.

The ex-Patriots wide receiver specifically mentioned the "bad media and the drama" he caused. Check out his full message — and the accompanying photo of him and Tom Brady — in the tweet below:

The same message and photo was posted to Brown's Instagram, and several Patriots players hit "like" on the post, including quarterback Tom Brady.

Brown was signed by the Patriots after their season-opening win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played one game but was released before Week 3 after being the cause of multiple off-the-field distractions, including a civil lawsuit filed against him by his ex-trainer.

The 30-year-old wideout went on a tweetstorm less than two days after being released by the Patriots, and one of his tweets brought up Kraft's Orchids of Asia scandal from January. Brown eventually deleted those tweets. He also went on a profanity-laced rant earlier this month during which he tweeted he was "done" with the league.

Why would Brown apologize to Kraft now? Could he be trying to return to the Patriots? Maybe he just felt bad about what was said and wanted to publicly apologize? Whatever the case might be, the Patriots have continued to win plenty of games without Brown, but the offense has shown plenty of weaknesses since his lone appearance in Week 2.

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