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Patriots players react to Josh Gordon's suspension

Ryan Hannable
December 20, 2018 - 5:58 pm

FOXBORO -- The mood in the Patriots locker room Thursday wasn't much different than in the past, but clearly things were different with Josh Gordon no longer being part of the team following his suspension for violating the terms of his conditional reinstatement under the policy and program for substances of abuse.

A few of the Patriots leaders spoke about Gordon and what had happened.

Here's a sampling of what the players had to say:

Devin McCourty: “He was a great teammate. He worked his butt off while he was here. So I think for us as players, we wish him the best personally. … I think, as people, you feel for that. I mean, if you don’t, I guess you don’t, but I think as guys in this locker room, we care more about him and him getting well and all of those things more than him catching passes."

Stephon Gilmore: “He was a great teammate, a great guy. So I think you just try to pray about it and just hope for the best for him.”

David Andrews: “I wish all the best for Josh. He was a great teammate. But I’m not really going to comment. It’s his situation. I’ll let him speak for himself on that.”

Matthew Slater: “I think first and foremost our players are with Josh and your concerns are with him and what is is dealing with, whatever that may be. I think we have a tendency to be so infatuated with what is going on on the football field as players, as media members, we lose sight of what is going on with the man sometimes and our No. 1 concern is with him as a man. I am thankful for the approach he took here and how he was as a teammate. I enjoyed getting to know him and that process and will continue to support him any way I can and be praying for him. I think that’s the No. 1 concern is you want to see him, be fine, be OK and that is what we’ll be praying for.”

The Patriots will host the Bills Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium.

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