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NFL rumors: Here's how Patriots plan to create roster spot for Isaiah Wynn

NFL rumors: Here's how Patriots plan to create roster spot for Isaiah Wynn

The New England Patriots will need to create a spot on their 53-man roster for Isaiah Wynn to return, and with the second-year left tackle eligible to play Sunday if activated, the team reportedly plans to put a rookie wide receiver on injured reserve.

ESPN's Mike Reiss reported Tuesday that Gunner Olszewski likely is headed to injured reserve. This move would open a roster spot for Wynn.

Olszewski hasn't played too many snaps at wide receiver, instead mostly featuring on special teams as a punt returner. He has been active for eight of New England's 10 games, tallying 20 punt returns over that span.

Wynn's potential return is a big deal for the Patriots. He was playing quite well before suffering a foot injury in the Patriots' Week 2 road win over the Miami Dolphins. He went on injured reserve as a result and didn't return to practice until Oct. 30. Marshall Newhouse has started in place of Wynn at left tackle, and his performance has not been great.

The Patriots host the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday for a Week 12 matchup at Gillette Stadium. The defending Super Bowl champs have a 1-game lead over the Baltimore Ravens for the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoff race.

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Julian Edelman puts his own twist on coronavirus message to Boston

Julian Edelman puts his own twist on coronavirus message to Boston

Boston's notable sports figures are holed up in different places, but they're coming together (virtually) to deliver an important message to the city amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman followed the footsteps of New England head coach Bill Belichick, Boston Celtics big man Enes Kanter and others Wednesday by posting a video to Twitter urging Bostonians to stay home as positive cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts continue to rise.

Edelman put on his custom Celtics jersey for the video (unfortunately, it has Kyrie Irving's name on the back), in which he colorfully relayed a game plan for locals to follow.

"As Mayor Marty -- my guy Marty Walsh -- always says, Boston is a city built on comebacks, and we're going to come back from this," Edelman said.

"But there are crucial things we have to do to come back from this, and that's staying inside and being safe and social distancing. It's a necessary thing."

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Edelman also showed love for the health care professionals, police and fire department personnel and food delivery workers who have risked infection to provide essential services to the city.

"It's crazy to see how we all are coming together to work together because of these circumstances," Edelman said.

The veteran wide receiver implored those who have the option of staying home to follow Walsh's guidelines, which include only leaving the house for essential needs like groceries and wearing a mask while doing so.

"Stay healthy, stay safe and stay inside," Edelman said, before putting on a pair of gloves and mask and adding, "But if you do go outside for your groceries or anything, glove up, mask up, safe up."

Bucs' new uniform reveal leads to insane Tom Brady jersey sale numbers

Bucs' new uniform reveal leads to insane Tom Brady jersey sale numbers

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' team store hit the jackpot Tuesday. It also won the lottery. And landed on a gold mine.

The Bucs unveiled a sharp set of uniforms that were a welcome change from the garish threads they had worn since 2014.

That overhaul alone would have been enough to boost jersey sales. But Tampa Bay also just signed the NFL's most popular active player in Tom Brady.

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Combine new uniforms with a legendary new player and you get a record amount of No. 12 Brady jerseys flying off the Bucs' virtual shelves.

According to Fanatics (via NFL Media's Ian Rapoport), the Bucs saw a 3,000 percent spike in Brady merchandise sales, selling more Brady paraphernalia than the previous 17 days of his Tampa tenure combined.

After Tuesday, the former New England Patriots quarterback is Fanatics' top-selling athlete across all sports, while the historically inept Bucs are suddenly its top-selling team.

No wonder Tampa Bay didn't hesitate to pay the 42-year-old QB $50 million guaranteed over the next two seasons.

The Bucs also saw a huge spike in season ticket interest when Brady first joined the team, so regardless of how well TB12 performs in 2020, he's already a massive boon to their bottom line.