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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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Say it ain't so: Rob Gronkowski, in Lakers gear, dances in halftime show in L.A.

Say it ain't so: Rob Gronkowski, in Lakers gear, dances in halftime show in L.A.

Could Rob Gronkowski rub it in a little more?

In the morning, Gronk's "big announcement" was that he'll be going to the Super Bowl - not with the Patriots, but as the host of "Gronk Beach" in Miami, the site of SB54. Thus ends the comeback, at least for this season.

He later joked that Pats were just "missing some 6-6, 260 [pound] guy...They're missing that guy for sure."

To top it all off, at night, Gronk donned Lakers purple and gold and was part of a halftime dance show with the Laker Girls at the Staples Center in Los Angeles where New England's least favorite NBA team was taking on the Oklahoma City Thunder. 

Gronk showed off his moves with talk show host James Corden and tennis great Venus Williams.

Enjoy your retirement, big guy. Think he'll stick around and rock some Celtics green Wednesday night at Staples when the C's face the Clippers? 

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Should we read anything into Tom Brady 'liking' Antonio Brown's Instagram apology?

Should we read anything into Tom Brady 'liking' Antonio Brown's Instagram apology?

So, Tom Brady (and other Patriots) "liked" an apology post from former-teammate-for-11-days Antonio Brown on Instagram?

What's it mean?

That was the subject of a heated debate on Boston Sports Tonight among DJ Bean, Tom Curran, Michael Holley and Danielle Trotta.

It was Curran and Holley who were at odds over whether we should be reading anything into the social media vagaries on any athlete.

Holley: "For whatever reason, lots of players get into it. Lots of celebrities get into it...not because we [the media] are broken, but because that's how they communicate. And we would be reckless if we didn't follow it."

Curran: "It's reckless to vest any perception or presumption into it."

Watch the full discussion here:

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