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NFL rumors: Patriots WR Josh Gordon to be released from IR, then go through waivers

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NFL rumors: Patriots WR Josh Gordon to be released from IR, then go through waivers

Josh Gordon's career with the New England Patriots is about to end.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Thursday the Patriots will release Gordon from injured reserve.

Gordon is not yet a free agent, however. He needs to go through waivers, where the the teams with the worst records in the NFL will have the first opportunity to claim him. If the veteran wide receiver goes unclaimed, then he would become an unrestricted free agent.

Here's how much a team would have to pay Gordon for the rest of the 2019 season if he's claimed, per ESPN's Field Yates:

Gordon was placed on injured reserve by the Patriots last week, before they played the Cleveland Browns in Week 8. He missed New England's Week 7 win over the New York Jets with knee/ankle injuries.

He was acquired by the Patriots in a trade with the Cleveland Browns in September of 2018. Gordon ended up playing in 17 games for the Patriots between the 2018 and 2019 seasons, and he tallied 60 receptions for 1,007 yards and four touchdowns.

The Patriots bolstered their wide receiver depth before Tuesday's trade deadline by acquiring Mohamed Sanu from the Atlanta Falcons last week.

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Patriots reveal first photo of Cam Newton in full uniform, new jersey

Patriots reveal first photo of Cam Newton in full uniform, new jersey

New England Patriots fans wondering what Cam Newton would look like in the team's new uniforms no longer have to wait.

The Patriots unveiled headshots of each player earlier last week, and on Tuesday they posted photos of all the players in full uniform. The Patriots, of course, will debut new jerseys during the 2020 NFL season.

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Here's a look at Newton in the Patriots' home blue jersey:

The Patriots also tweeted a link to check out photos of every player in the new jerseys.

Newton signed a one-year contract with the Patriots a little more than a month ago, and if he's able to stay healthy, the former league MVP is the favorite to win the starting quarterback job over Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer.

The Patriots are expected to have their first training camp practice Wednesday.

Patriots' Dont'a Hightower used Super Bowl LI to support fiancée during labor

Patriots' Dont'a Hightower used Super Bowl LI to support fiancée during labor

The greatest comeback in Super Bowl history is three and a half years old, but it certainly isn't forgotten.

Just ask Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower, who brought up New England's miraculous Super Bowl LI victory over the Atlanta Falcons while his fiancée, Morgan Hart, was delivering their baby. Seriously.

Hightower told The Boston Globe's Stan Grossfeld he started chanting "28-3, 28-3" and "Never give up" while Hart entered her 17th hour of labor with their first child last month.

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Apparently the motivational tactic worked, as Hart said Hightower's words helped her push through and deliver their baby boy, Grayson, on July 16.

"It was surreal," Hart told Grossfeld. “It was a long night and a long day, and he kept reminding me, ‘28-3, 28-3,′ meaning you can be behind and come back. Never, never give up."

That's a reference to the deficit New England faced in the third quarter of Super Bowl LI before rallying to win in overtime -- thanks in large part to Hightower's strip sack of Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan early in the fourth quarter.

Hightower still uses the 28-3 reference "all the time," per Grossfeld, but his focus won't be on football in 2020. The 30-year-old linebacker is one of eight Patriots players who have decided to opt out of the 2020 season.

"Not knowing too much about the COVID thing, I don’t want to jeopardize the health of my family," Hightower told Grossfeld. "I understand you can still catch it by going to the grocery store, but I’m not going to put my family’s health at risk for money.

"It’s family first. I want to take all the opportunity that I can to be a great father."

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