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Tom Brady reacts to Myles Garrett incident: Bill Belichick uses it as 'teaching moments'

Tom Brady reacts to Myles Garrett incident: Bill Belichick uses it as 'teaching moments'

Just about every NFL player is being asked for his reaction to the crazy incident in Thursday night's game between the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers, and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady couldn't escap the question Friday.

Browns defensive end Myles Garrett has been suspended indefinitely by the league for taking off Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph's helmet and hitting him over the head with it. 

Brady told reporters in his Friday press conference that Patriots head coach Bill Belichick uses those types of situations to remind his players of what to do and what not to do when tempers flare.

"Coach Belichick tries to use it as teaching moments," Brady said. "(He) talks about not throwing punches, not touching the referees and staying on the sidelines."

How hard is it to stay disciplined?

"It's an emotional game," Brady said. "I think I got a penalty in 2002 -- I think I've only got one penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct, I kinda pushed someone back against Chicago. That might be my only unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Probably deserved a few more, but that was the only one I got called for."

The Patriots beat Garrett and the Browns 27-13 at Gillette Stadium in Week 8.

The defending Super Bowl champs return to game action Sunday afternoon with a Week 11 matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field.

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Patriots sign trick-shot kicker to the practice squad

Patriots sign trick-shot kicker to the practice squad

FOXBORO — Might as well, right? 

The Patriots have had to trot out four different place kickers in 2019. Three of them have come aboard since Stephen Gostkowski went on season-ending injured reserve. They had another, Younghoe Koo, on the practice squad for a time. 

They're trying everything there. And while Nick Folk has been solid — as solid as a third option could be — the Patriots aren't going to prevent themselves from seeking out ways to improve that spot. 

Even if that means bringing in a YouTube star. 

According to ESPN, the team has signed trick-shot kicker Josh Gable to its practice squad. Gable was out at practice on Wednesday afternoon. 

The Patriots worked out Gable earlier this year but the job went to Mike Nugent. Then Nugent was released in favor of Folk. When Folk had to get his appendix out, Kai Forbath came aboard. 

Now Gable will have a chance to impress on an NFL roster. At least for a time. He did not play college football, and played pro soccer in Europe for a time. He played in the Indoor Football League for the Nebraska Danger and Tucson Sugar Skulls. 

Gable's videos show some clear athleticism and a strong leg, but he'll be tested in the elements in New England (it snowed in the Foxboro area early Wednesday morning). He'll have his hands full carving out a role.

But at this point, for the Patriots, why not? 

The Patriots had multiple practice-squad spots open after two of their p-squad players, defensive back Nate Brooks and offensive linemen Tyler Gauthier, were signed to the active rosters of the Dolphins and Jaguars, respectively. There was a new (at this point unannounced) practice-squad defensive back at Wednesday's practice as well.

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NFL exec gives brief update on status of Patriots-Bengals investigation

NFL exec gives brief update on status of Patriots-Bengals investigation

A resolution to the NFL's investigation into the New England Patriots videotaping the Cincinnati Bengals' sideline in Cleveland last weekend is not likely to be announced Wednesday.

NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent provided a brief statement on the status of the investigation Wednesday afternoon.

The Athletic reported Tuesday the Patriots' tape has about eight minutes of footage focused on the Bengals' sideline.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick reiterated during his Wednesday press conference that he and the football staff had absolutely nothing to do with the video crew that was present at the Bengals-Browns game in Cleveland.

The Patriots said Monday in a statement that the video crew was at FirstEnergy Stadium to get footage for an upcoming episode of the team's "Do Your Job" series that runs on Patriots.com. The team noted in the statement that its failure to inform the Bengals and the league of the taping was an "unintended oversight". The Patriots also admitted the video crew "inappropriately filmed the field from the press box."

The defending Super Bowl champs play the Bengals in Cincinnati on Sunday. The Week 15 matchup is the Patriots' final road game of the regular season.

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