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Patriots injured reserve reset: Which player will join N'Keal Harry on roster?

Patriots injured reserve reset: Which player will join N'Keal Harry on roster?

First, the good news for New England Patriots fans: It looks like N'Keal Harry will get the chance to contribute this season.

The rookie wide receiver is on short-term injured reserve with an ankle injury but returned to practice Tuesday.

While Harry isn't eligible to play until Week 9, his attendance means he's officially one of two players the Patriots can designate to return from injured reserve, according to NFL rules.

But therein lies the bad news: The Patriots only can activate one more player from injured reserve this season, assuming that player was on the 53-man roster when he hit the IR.

That means only one player from the following list can return in 2019, while the other three will be ruled out for the season:

-- James Develin, FB
-- Stephen Gostkowski, K
-- Jakob Johnson, FB
-- Isaiah Wynn, T

Who the Patriots choose obviously depends on the health of each player, as they'll want to reinstate someone who's physically able to contribute.

Tom Brady apparently hopes that player is Wynn; the quarterback singled out his Week 1 starting left tackle as a player he'd like to see return in an interview with Westwood One's Jim Gray on Monday night.

Players must spend at least eight weeks on injured reserve before returning to practice and two more weeks before returning to game action. That means Wynn, who went down in the second game of the season, is eligible to start practicing after Week 9 and can return in Week 11 at the earliest.

Develin is on the same timetable as Wynn and is the only other sensible candidate for reactivation if the Patriots decide they need a fullback. Recent tight end signing Eric Tomlinson has blocking experience, though, and could help fill New England's fullback void.

In the kicking game, Mike Nugent already has missed an extra point and a field goal in two weeks with the Patriots. Unless the Patriots are much more confident in Gostkowski, though, Wynn seems like the logical choice to shore up the offensive line.

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Patriots release statement in response to Bengals' videotaping allegations

Patriots release statement in response to Bengals' videotaping allegations

The New England Patriots have released an official statement in response to the Cincinnati Bengals' allegations of videotaping their sideline.

The statement explains that a three-person video crew was sent to Cleveland for the Bengals-Browns game to film a feature on the Pats scouting department for Patriots.com's "Do Your Job" series.

The Patriots acknowledge that their failure to inform the Bengals of the taping was an "unintended oversight" and admit the video crew unknowingly broke league rules by filming the field from the press box. They also echoed head coach Bill Belichick's statement that the team is independent of the production crew.

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Read the full statement below:

The NFL currently is investigating the matter, but this appears to be a giant misunderstanding based on what Belichick and the Patriots organization had to say.

The Patriots (10-3) will visit the Bengals (1-12) for their Week 15 matchup on Sunday.

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Tom Brady addresses boos from Patriots fans: 'They have every right'

Tom Brady addresses boos from Patriots fans: 'They have every right'

It had been quite a while since the Gillette Stadium crowd booed their beloved New England Patriots. After all, the Pats rode a 21-game home win streak into Sunday's game vs. the Kansas CIty Chiefs.

But the boos were loud and clear at the end of the first half with the offensive sputtering and the Patriots trailing 20-7. In his Monday appearance on Westwood One with Jim Gray, quarterback Tom Brady shared his thoughts on the harsh reaction from the fans in Foxboro.

"Well that's part of being in sports is everybody's got a chance to cheer you or boo you," Brady told Gray. "There's been plenty of times where they've been cheering us and again, you take the good with the bad. They have every right to boo when we're not playing the way that we're capable.

"For me, I'm focused on what I've got to do to go in there and do a better job. We've been through it before, it won't be the last time and that's OK it doesn't hurt our feelings."

Does Brady hear the boos?

"Yeah, you have 70,000 people out there. It's pretty loud," Brady said with a laugh. "But, you know, that's what fans do."

If anyone understands the lofty expectations that come with playing in New England, it's No. 12.

The Patriots will visit the Cincinnati Bengals for their Week 15 matchup, so fortunately they won't have to worry about the boo birds from their own fans on Sunday. If they return home after falling to a 1-12 team, however, that'll be a different story.

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