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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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Patriots Talk Podcast: Why Tom Brady might consider Chargers, Dolphins

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Patriots Talk Podcast: Why Tom Brady might consider Chargers, Dolphins

Our Tom E. Curran laid out the hard truth earlier this week: There's a legitimate chance this is Tom Brady's final season with the New England Patriots.

But that begs the question: If Brady leaves New England and doesn't retire -- he just turned 42 and wants to play until he's 45 -- where will he go in 2020?

That hot topic came up on the latest Patriots Talk Podcast, where Curran was joined by fellow NBC Sports Boston Patriots Insider Phil Perry.

Curran and Perry both believe a number of factors would contribute into where Brady might play next, both on the field (style of offense, coaching staff, personnel, ownership, etc.) and off the field (best fit for his family, best fit for his TB12 business, weather, etc.).

Taking those factors into account, Curran and Perry speculated about a few destinations where Brady could land and made compelling cases for two potential front-runners: the Los Angeles Chargers and Miami Dolphins.

Here are their rationales for both destinations:

L.A. CHARGERS

Perry: "They [Brady and wife Gisele Bundchen] have lived in L.A. before. Brady has family in California, northern and southern."

Curran: "His niece will be going to UCLA as a blue-chip softball recruit. That means Tom Sr. [Brady's father] and Galynn [Brady's mother] are frequently making the trip down already."

Perry: "This is a team that could be in need for a quarterback ... [and] could also be looking for a head coach. So, maybe if you're the Chargers, you're looking to hire Josh McDaniels, and you say, 'Hey Tom, we've got $50 million for two years, no problem.' "

"Mike Williams is a very nice deep threat, contested catch guy. ... Big market, great opportunity for TB12 if you're looking for those."

MIAMI DOLPHINS

Perry: "I think it's a good culture. I think it's a team on the rise. I also know it's a team that is slated to have over $100 million in cap space going into 2020. You want me to rattle off some guys who could be available via free agency? Because it's kind of interesting. How about A.J. Green? How about Emmanuel Sanders? How about Randall Cobb? How about Amari Cooper?"

"You've got (former Patriots wide receivers coach) Chad O'Shea. You've got Brian Flores as the head coach. You've got Jerry Schuplinski, who worked with the quarterbacks quite a bit in New England and now has a significant role.

"On top of it ... Big market, warmer climate and a very health-conscious fanbase that might be into the whole TB12 idea."

Perry saved his most intriguing point for last: The Dolphins' owner, Stephen Ross, is an alumnus and generous donor at Brady's alma mater, Michigan -- and also is in the real estate market.

"Very high-end condominiums and townhouses is his deal," Perry added. "And it appears, from the surface research I have done, that Brady has lived in or at least purchased multiple units in Stephen Ross-owned and constructed buildings."

Curran and Perry pointed out that this is all speculation for now. But if Brady indeed leaves the Patriots, there are plenty of clues to suggest where he might end up.

Hear more from Curran and Perry on the latest episode of "The Patriots Talk Podcast," which drops every Tuesday and Thursday as a part of the NBC Sports Boston podcast network.

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Was Deion Sanders referring to Dez Bryant joining Patriots in coming weeks?

Was Deion Sanders referring to Dez Bryant joining Patriots in coming weeks?

Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders made a rather interesting guarantee earlier this week that the New England Patriots would be getting some help in the next few weeks. 

The question is, how reliable is his take? A rather interesting pair of social media posts from former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant could shed some light on what Sanders was referring to. 

Will the 31-year-old make his NFL comeback with the Patriots? He cryptically tweeted that he may receive some big news in the coming weeks, which is synonymous with Sanders' take.

He also responded "maybe lol" to an Instagram comment which stated "He's going to the Pats. Confirmed. Mark it."

What's even more interesting is that in November he tweeted that he didn't want to be a starter, he'd rather contribute off the bench. Though he hasn't played in the NFL in two years, he could be a veteran target for Tom Brady and New England, who have Julian Edelman, Mohamed Sanu, Phillip Dorsett and N'Keal Harry on the receiver depth chart.  

Sanders lobbied for Bryant's return to the Cowboys in 2018, so Deion could be doing it again for Dez, this time with the Patriots.

Bryant has 531 receptions for 7,459 yards and 73 touchdowns over his eight-year NFL career. 

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