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Report: Patriots paying for Josh Gordon's treatment, NFL and NFLPA working to help troubled receiver

Report: Patriots paying for Josh Gordon's treatment, NFL and NFLPA working to help troubled receiver

The Patriots, NFL, and NFL Players Association reportedly are doing everything they can to help Josh Gordon treat his drug addiction.

Gordon, who has struggled with substance abuse throughout his career, received an indefinite suspension in December for multiple drug policy violations. The 27-year-old now is receiving treatment at an inpatient facility in Gainesville, Fla. and the Patriots are paying to get him the help he needs, per Doug Kyed of NESN.com. The NFL and NFLPA also are helping Gordon receive treatment.

According to Kyed, Gordon's suspension was triggered by diluted drug test samples.

As the Patriots continue to show support for their troubled wide receiver, Gordon has returned the favor by congratulating his former team on social media after their Divisional Round and Conference Championship victories.

In 11 games this season with New England, Gordon caught 40 passes for 720 yards with three touchdowns.

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Tom Brady recruits Zdeno Chara as Rob Gronkowski's replacement

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Tom Brady recruits Zdeno Chara as Rob Gronkowski's replacement

Tom Brady has an idea for Rob Gronkowski's replacement at tight end, and it doesn't involve free agency or the upcoming NFL Draft.

The Patriots quarterback had a light bulb go off above his head while watching the Bruins take on the Maple Leafs in Game 7. Why not have 6-foot-9, 256-pound defenseman Zdeno Chara give tight end a shot?

All jokes aside, Brady has been one of Chara's biggest fans during the Bruins' first-round series. He also left a motivational comment on Chara's Instagram post prior to Tuesday night's Game 7 matchup.

As for what the Patriots are really doing to fill Gronk's void at tight end, they signed both Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Matt LaCosse in free agency during the offseason. It remains to be seen whether they'll address the tight end position during the NFL Draft, which begins April 25.

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Next-Pats Podcast: Draft week is finally here; Mike Lombardi talks assessing talent

Next-Pats Podcast: Draft week is finally here; Mike Lombardi talks assessing talent

At last, the draft has arrived - almost. Phil Perry talks to former Patriots staffer Mike Lombardi as the annual selection of talent looms.

3:42 - Phil Perry is joined by former assistant to the Patriots coaching staff, football analyst and writer for the Athletic Mike Lombardi. The two begin by discussing the validity of certain reports on players in the upcoming draft.

7:44 - Are the Patriots in a position where they need to pick a quarterback this year? Lombardi explains how difficult it is to judge talent because of the difference in the level of competition in college football.

12:26 - Lombardi talks about how this year's draft could be weak compared to previous years' and how the Patriots should approach their selections because of that.

18:36 - Phil goes through his final mock draft, with the picks being decided by the fans via Twitter polls.


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