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Tight end Benjamin Watson back at Patriots practice one week after release

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Tight end Benjamin Watson back at Patriots practice one week after release

Benjamin Watson has returned to the New England Patriots ... again.

Even though the Patriots haven't officially announced Watson has re-signed, the veteran tight end was spotted during the portion of Tuesday's practice that's open to the media.

Watson was signed by the Patriots in May following a brief retirement. He was suspended for the first four games of the 2019 season because of a failed drug test, but didn't play in Week 5 despite being eligible. He was released the day after New England's Week 5 win over the Washington Redskins.

The Patriots certainly could use additional depth at tight end. Matt LaCosse has battled injury throughout the preseason and regular season, and he wasn't spotted during the media portion of Tuesday's session. The 27-year-old tight end is dealing with a knee injury.

LaCosse and Ryan Izzo have played the majority of the tight end snaps this season, and neither has made a profound impact in the passing attack. These two players have combined for just 13 receptions, 169 receiving yards and one touchdown through six games.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said last Tuesday it was "tough" to hear the news of Watson's release, so you can bet the six-time Super Bowl champion is happy the veteran tight end is back in the fold.

The Patriots will play the rival New York Jets in Week 7 on Monday Night Football.

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Say it ain't so: Rob Gronkowski, in Lakers gear, dances in halftime show in L.A.

Say it ain't so: Rob Gronkowski, in Lakers gear, dances in halftime show in L.A.

Could Rob Gronkowski rub it in a little more?

In the morning, Gronk's "big announcement" was that he'll be going to the Super Bowl - not with the Patriots, but as the host of "Gronk Beach" in Miami, the site of SB54. Thus ends the comeback, at least for this season.

He later joked that Pats were just "missing some 6-6, 260 [pound] guy...They're missing that guy for sure."

To top it all off, at night, Gronk donned Lakers purple and gold and was part of a halftime dance show with the Laker Girls at the Staples Center in Los Angeles where New England's least favorite NBA team was taking on the Oklahoma City Thunder. 

Gronk showed off his moves with talk show host James Corden and tennis great Venus Williams.

Enjoy your retirement, big guy. Think he'll stick around and rock some Celtics green Wednesday night at Staples when the C's face the Clippers? 

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Should we read anything into Tom Brady 'liking' Antonio Brown's Instagram apology?

Should we read anything into Tom Brady 'liking' Antonio Brown's Instagram apology?

So, Tom Brady (and other Patriots) "liked" an apology post from former-teammate-for-11-days Antonio Brown on Instagram?

What's it mean?

That was the subject of a heated debate on Boston Sports Tonight among DJ Bean, Tom Curran, Michael Holley and Danielle Trotta.

It was Curran and Holley who were at odds over whether we should be reading anything into the social media vagaries on any athlete.

Holley: "For whatever reason, lots of players get into it. Lots of celebrities get into it...not because we [the media] are broken, but because that's how they communicate. And we would be reckless if we didn't follow it."

Curran: "It's reckless to vest any perception or presumption into it."

Watch the full discussion here:

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