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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: Rich Eisen on 'positively absurd' Spygate 2.0

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Patriots Talk Podcast: Rich Eisen on 'positively absurd' Spygate 2.0

Like most of the rest of the NFL world, Rich Eisen of the NFL Network is amazed that we are talking about what has become known as Spygate 2.0 - the Patriots again being accused of taping an opposing teams' sideline - and the repercussions surrounding it. 

He joined Tom E. Curran's Patriots Talk Podcast to provide a little national perspective on the controversy and his first reaction was how "positively absurd" it was that the Pats are being accused of the same behavior that they were punished for back in 2007.

"If the Patriots did attempt something like this again, how remarkably brazen it would be?" Eisen told Curran. "I couldn't imagine being in that press box and seeing that happen? That's what makes it so positively absurd. How does anybody that represents anything to do with the Patriots not know you're not supposed to shoot the other team's sideline?''

Eisen predicted that the Patriots' admission of a "unintended oversight" in taping the sideline of the Cincinnati Bengals while they were playing the Browns in Cleveland on Sunday and Bill Belichick's adamant denial of knowing anything about the operation, won't prevent a hefty fine from being leveled by the NFL against the team. 

I'm sure there are a lot of people who are breathing fire at One Patriot Place," Eisen said. "Even if it was a clueless botched operation, I think the Patriots get fined. They still shot video of another teams' sideline and bottom line is that's a no-no, an absolute no-no.

"I'm assuming its a hefty fine for the team that's coming."

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Eisen's comments come near the end of the episode. Former Patriots backup quarterback Matt Cassel joins Curran earlier and talks about how the original Spygate accusations back in '07 were a motivating factor for a Patriots team that went on to a 16-0 regular season.

"We were shocked at how it took on a life of its own," Cassel recalled. "It honestly was comical the way they took it, with people thinking we had it all figured out, we filmed them and we knew all their signs. The best thing that possibly could've happened is we came out for the rest of the season after the knowledge that Spygate took place and everyone saying 'That's why they won their Super Bowls' and we just dominated." 

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Week 15 NFL Power Rankings: Patriots continue to slide in AFC

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Week 15 NFL Power Rankings: Patriots continue to slide in AFC

Through 13 weeks, it’s become clear that there are six good teams in the AFC and one very good, maybe great team. The Ravens are a complete team: offense, defense, special teams, coaching, situationally smart, tough, you name it.

Everybody else has the flaw that they’ll either need to cover up or overcome in the playoffs to get past Baltimore.