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Patriots' WR Josh Gordon (knee) placed on injured reserve list

Patriots' WR Josh Gordon (knee) placed on injured reserve list

The Patriots offense took another hit Wednesday when the team placed wide receiver Josh Gordon on injured reserve thanks to a knee injury.

The news broke Wednesday afternoon (and is on the league's transaction wire) shortly after the Patriots released their first Week 8 injury report ahead of Sunday's matchup with the Cleveland Browns. Gordon was among four Patriots players who didn't practice Wednesday. 

The veteran wide receiver suffered a knee injury in New England's Week 6 win over the New York Giants and didn't play in the Week 7 victory against the New York Jets.

Gordon finishes the season with 20 receptions for 287 yards and one touchdown in six games. His loss is a huge blow to the team's wide receiver depth, which has been a concern most of the season. The Patriots did trade for Atlanta Falcons wideout Mohamed Sanu on Tuesday, but it will take him some time to learn the offense and build chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady.

Gordon joins N'Keal Harry, David Andrews, James Develin, Isaiah Wynn, Stephen Gostkowski, Brandon King, and Hjalte Froholdt — among others — on IR, though Harry returned to practice last week and, if activated from injured reserve, would be able to play as early as Week 9 versus the Baltimore Ravens.

The full injury Wednesday reports for both the Patriots and Browns are listed below.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (7-0)

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
WR Josh Gordon, Knee/Ankle
TE Ryan Izzo, Concussion
TE Matt LaCosse, Knee
G Shaq Mason, Ankle

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
RB Rex Burkhead, Foot
S Patrick Chung, Heel/Chest
WR Phillip Dorsett, Hamstring
WR Julian Edelman, Chest
WR Gunner Olszewski, Ankle/Hamstring

FULL PARTICIPATION
No Players Listed.

CLEVELAND BROWNS (2-4)

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
S Damarious Randall, Hamstring

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
T Kendall Lamm, Knee

FULL PARTICIPATION
WR Odell Beckham, Jr., Groin
DT Daniel Ekuale, Concussion
QB Baker Mayfield, Hip
CB Denzel Ward, Hamstring
CB Greedy Williams, Hamstring

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Rob Gronkowski posts old video hinting at possible return to Patriots

Rob Gronkowski posts old video hinting at possible return to Patriots

Rob Gronkowski continues to add to the speculation about a possible return to the New England Patriots.

On Sunday, Gronk took to Twitter to tease a "big announcement" coming Tuesday at 9 a.m. Later on in the day, the retired tight end posted a video to Facebook that is sure to get Patriots fans' hopes up.

In the video, originally posted by Tom Brady in 2016, the Patriots quarterback blows into a conch shell and adds a caption that reads, "New England Patriots RECEIVERS… ASSEMBLE!!!"

Gronk reposted it and asked, "Tom Brady, do you think this thing still works?!! 🐚"

Check it out below:

Gronkowski has always kept the door open for a possible return to football, but don't get too excited, Pats fans. Last month, Gronk seemed to shut down the idea of that comeback happening this season.

We'll just have to wait and see what the announcement will be on Tuesday. Gronk's deadline to come out of retirement and play again this season is Saturday, Nov. 30.

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Tony Gonzalez reveals joining Rob Gronkowski on Patriots 'almost happened'

Tony Gonzalez reveals joining Rob Gronkowski on Patriots 'almost happened'

The New England Patriots were lucky to have one of the greatest tight ends in NFL history in Rob Gronkowski for nine years, and at one point, another legendary player at the position nearly joined the roster.

That's right, Hall of Fame tight end and current FOX Sports NFL analyst Tony Gonzalez revealed Sunday in a behind-the-scenes video that joining Gronkowski in New England "almost happened." Gonzalez didn't specify when the move could have occurred, but it does create a pretty interesting "what if?" scenario for fans to wonder about.

Check out the exchange between Gonzalez and hist FOX Sports colleague Gronkowski in the tweet below:

Gonzalez was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in 1997 and played with them for 12 seasons before joining the Atlanta Falcons for the final six years of his career. He retired after the 2013 season and is currently No. 3 on the league's career receptions leaderboard with 1,325 over 17 seasons.

Gronkowski had a shorter career than Gonzalez due to injuries and retired in March, but he arguably was the most dominant tight end we've ever seen. Gronk tallied 79 touchdown receptions in 115 career regular season games, and his postseason résumé (which includes three Super Bowl titles) is quite impressive, too.

A Gronkowski-Gonzalez combo would have been really fun, especially with Tom Brady at quarterback, and maybe the Patriots would have won another Super Bowl if Gonzalez had come to Foxboro.

The only question now is if Gronkowski will put his retirement on hold and return to the Patriots this season. On Sunday morning, he teased a "big announcement" coming Tuesday.

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