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NFL rumors: Josh Gordon's Patriots career 'likely over', could sign with other team

NFL rumors: Josh Gordon's Patriots career 'likely over', could sign with other team

The New England Patriots placed wide receiver Josh Gordon on injured reserve Wednesday, but that wasn't the most surprising news involving his status with the team.

NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported that Gordon's career with the Patriots is "likely over." There also are a few scenarios that would allow him to wind up playing on another team this season.

When could Gordon be medically cleared? Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer reports the expectation is "soon."

Gordon suffered a knee injury during the first half of the Patriots' Week 6 win over the New York Giants. He left the game and didn't return. The same injury kept him out of Monday night's Week 7 victory versus the New York Jets. If his tenure with the Patriots is over, he'll finish with 20 receptions for 287 yards and one touchdown in six games this season.

Gordon's departure would shift more responsibility to newly acquired wideout Mohamed Sanu and rookie N'Keal Harry. The Patriots traded for Sanu in a deal with the Atlanta Falcons on Tuesday. Harry returned to practice last week and could make his season debut Week 9 against the Baltimore Ravens if activated from IR.

The Patriots will host the Cleveland Browns on Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium for their Week 8 matchup.

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Tom Brady subtly jabs Eagles fans who continue to hate Patriots QB

Tom Brady subtly jabs Eagles fans who continue to hate Patriots QB

The New England Patriots don't come to Philadelphia very often, so Eagles fans had to get their money's worth in unloading on Tom Brady.

The denizens of Lincoln Financial Field welcomed Brady with a chorus of boos ahead of Sunday's Super Bowl LII rematch, while a few got even more creative: According to WEEI's "The Greg Hill Show," one Eagles fan showed up Sunday wearing a "Breathe If You Hate Tom Brady" T-shirt.

Brady seemed to welcome the hate, though.

"That's amazing. I love that," Brady said on "The Greg Hill Show" on Monday when told about the T-shirt. "We've got to track one of those down. I'm sure that's probably not the only city where they feel that way."

But the 42-year-old was a bit curious as to why Eagles fans directed so much anger toward him.

After all, didn't they get the last laugh when Philly beat New England in Super Bowl LII?

"In Philly, you'd think after that win a few years ago against us they wouldn't have that same animosity," Brady said. "Normally when you beat a team in the Super Bowl, you feel like -- you appreciate it. You're like, 'Oh man, that was cool, we beat you guys.'

"But I guess not."

This was a radio interview, but we're guessing Brady said that last part with a devious smile, as he clearly enjoys the fact that he still has real estate in Eagles fans' heads even after losing to Philly on the game's biggest stage.

Brady is used to everyone hating him at this point in his career, though. When asked if his Patriots, who are 9-1 after Sunday's 17-10 win over the Eagles, have replaced the Dallas Cowboys as "America's Team," Brady responded:

"I think we have six states that cheer for us."

To state the obvious, Pennsylvania isn't on that list -- and never will be as long as Brady is around.

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How N'Keal Harry's teammates, Tom Brady felt about Patriots rookie's debut

How N'Keal Harry's teammates, Tom Brady felt about Patriots rookie's debut

N'Keal Harry finally saw action Sunday, playing 32 snaps in his NFL debut for the New England Patriots against the Philadelphia Eagles.

And by his account, things went pretty well.

Here's what the rookie wide receiver posted on Twitter and Instagram after catching three passes for 18 yards in the Patriots' 17-10 win over the Eagles:

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Glory be to GOD. Always. Good team win! #LFG

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Harry's Instagram post earned plenty of love from his Patriots teammates in the comment section. A small sampling:

Defensive end Deatrich Wise Jr.: "Happy for you bro. Continue to work and improve your skills"

Defensive backs Devin and Jason McCourty: "Only up from here bro ✊🏿✊🏿✊🏿"

Wide receiver Phillip Dorsett: "Only the beginning 🙌🏾"

Harry saw an increase in snaps after Dorsett left the game with a concussion in the third quarter. So, how did his quarterback think he played?

Tom Brady was a bit less effusive when asked about Harry on Monday morning.

“N’Keal has worked hard,” Brady told WEEI's "The Greg Hill Show" in a radio interview. "He got some opportunities, and we’ve got to just keep getting him up to speed. He missed a lot of football, so we’re going to try to incorporate him the best way we can and use his skills to see if he can be a productive player for us in the second half of the year."

Brady has been hesitant to pump Harry's tires this season as the Patriots' No. 32 overall pick works back from an injury that sidelined him for the first nine games. After New England's poor offensive showing in Philly, Brady sang the same tune.

“I don’t want to make a bunch of predictions and (say) 'We’ll do this' or ‘We’ll do that,' " Brady said. "It comes down to all of us doing it — not speaking about it, but actually going out and doing it."

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