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Social media stunned by Patriots WR Josh Gordon's impending suspension

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Social media stunned by Patriots WR Josh Gordon's impending suspension

The latest bombshell of NFL news was dropped Thursday when Josh Gordon announced he was stepping away from the New England Patriots to focus on his mental health.

The veteran wide receiver has been indefinitely suspended from the NFL for violating the substance abuse policy, something he's done multiple times before this latest breach. 

The social media reaction was one of surprise despite Gordon's history. The Patriots have a pretty good track record of helping players turn around their careers, and nothing from Gordon's performance on the field or conduct off of it while employed by the Patriots would've given anyone reason to believe this was coming. 

Here's a sampling of the reaction to the Gordon news on Twitter.

First, this strange tweet (now deleted) from NFL Media's Ian Rapoport. There's a lot in here, the first being the Patriots knew this was coming. The other, and more puzzling note, is that Gordon not being on the field for the final play of Sunday's loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers is somehow tied to the coming suspension. 

Here's some other notable social media reaction.

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RELATED: Josh Gordn's timeline of substance abuse history

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Tom Brady wields machete while riding horse to 'Old Town Road' song in new Twitter video

Tom Brady wields machete while riding horse to 'Old Town Road' song in new Twitter video

The Lil Nas X song "Old Town Road" is one of the biggest music hits of the year, and it made an appearance in Tom Brady's latest social media video.

The New England Patriots quarterback posted a video to Twitter (and his Instagram story) on Thursday of him riding a horse while the popular song plays in the background.

If you were wondering if the tool in Brady's right hand was a machete, you were right.

Brady is on vacation with his family enjoying some valuable personal time before Patriots training camp begins next week at Gillette Stadium. 

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The six-time Super Bowl champion will turn 42 on Aug. 3, but his passion for the game remains as strong as it's ever been.

UPDATE (1:45 p.m. ET): Is a Brady-themed "Old Town Road" remix in the cards??

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Did Julian Edelman get these Patriots, Lion King animal comparisons right?

Did Julian Edelman get these Patriots, Lion King animal comparisons right?

We'll be honest: There's not much happening in the NFL world right now.

That may explain why Julian Edelman went on social media Thursday and, in an apparent promotion for Disney's reboot of The Lion King, recast several New England Patriots players (and his coach) as animals.

Let's break it down, shall we?

Tom Brady: Goat
This one's a layup. Bonus points for the eye black.

Edelman: Squirrel
Edelman has long said his favorite nickname is "The Squirrel," so this is another obvious one.

Matthew Slater: Cheetah
An older, wiser animal also would have worked here, but New England's special teams ace does have blazing speed. And those glasses are a nice touch.

James White: Rabbit
This one fits pretty well, as the shifty running back is similarly hard to catch.

Dont'a Hightower: Rhino
The Patriots linebacker certainly has the strength of a rhino, but we'd like to think he's a bit more fleet of foot. 

Bill Belichick: The Owl
Belichick's wisdom makes him a natural choice for the owl, although opponents might peg the Patriots head coach as Scar instead.

There you have it. Overall, not a bad effort from Edelman ... and Hightower and White seem to agree.

If you’re looking for actual football news, you only have to wait one more week, as Patriots training camp begins July 25 at Gillette Stadium.

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