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News Blitz 12/21: Dealing with Gordon loss

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The big news of the day came early on Thursday when the NFL announced that Josh Gordon was placed on the reserve/suspended list for violating the terms of his reinstatement.

ESPN.com has the story of the oft-trouble wideout being lost indefinitely. Gordon's absence will certainly leave a hole in the offense according to the Boston Globe. The Athletic looks at how the Patriots offense might take shape without Gordon. NBC Sports Boston says the Gordon loss hurts on many levels. Boston Sports Journal thinks its time for the offense to pick up the pace.

The task for the Patriots now is moving on and ESPN.com takes a look at how the team might approach that task.The Boston Globe ays the pressure will mount on the remaining receivers to fill the void. The Boston Herald_ says the risk wasn't worth it for the Patriots. The offense already had its share of problems without Gordon.

There was plenty of support in the locker room from Gordon's teammates.

Meanwhile, one of the players who figures to have an increased role, Cordarrelle Patterson, wasn't present at Patriots practice on Thursday.

As for Buffalo, the Providence Journal says the Patriots need to stop the Bills running game.

The Buffalo News looks at the Patriots offense and believes the team is leaning on Tom Brady as much as ever. They also focus on James White and how the Bills might try to defend him. Running back LeSean McCoy sees value in his team finishing strong. The staff offers some predictions for Sunday's game.

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