Reports: Josh Gordon expected to be waived off IR when healthy

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The Patriots placed Josh Gordon on injured reserve Wednesday, a day after acquiring receiver Mohamed Sanu from the Falcons. It might not signal the end of Gordon’s season, though.

Gordon’s knee injury is considered “minor,” according to multiple reports, and he expects to be cleared soon. The receiver recently went 22 mph on a treadmill during his rehab, Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated reports.

Gordon replied to NFL Media’s tweet about the Patriots placing him on IR with one word: “Interesting.”

The Patriots are expected to waive Gordon off injured reserve once he’s cleared, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL, allowing Gordon to play with another team this season. If they waive him after Tuesday’s trade deadline, Gordon would be subject to waivers.

That would improve New England’s chances of keeping Gordon away from an AFC competitor with the worst teams getting the first shots at waiver claims.

Gordon has two bone bruises in his knee, which he aggravated against the Giants. He has not played since the Oct. 10 game.

Gordon warmed up at practice Wednesday but did not participate.

He has 20 catches for 287 yards and a touchdown this season, and 60 catches for 1,007 yards and four touchdowns in 17 games with the Patriots over the past two seasons.

The league handed Gordon an indefinite suspension for another violation of the league’s substance abuse policy Dec. 20, but Commissioner Roger Goodell lifted it during training camp.

86 responses to “Reports: Josh Gordon expected to be waived off IR when healthy

  1. There has to be another trade in the works, maybe after this week’s games. They didn’t need Gordon’s roster spot after cutting Tomlinson and Richards. Cap space savings and apparent depth at receiver when Harry comes back is the only reasonable explanation for cutting Gordon now. I do wonder why Belichick likes Gunner so much, but I’m not going to say I know better than him about personnel decisions.

  2. This man had the talent to be a legend but it just didn’t work out in his youth. I hope he can get it together in the back end of his career and learns that TEAMMATES ARE FAMILY and you have to be there for them.

  3. Sounds like personnel shuffling by the Pats to get immediately healthy bodies. Unless there is another shoe to drop with Gordon, I think they like him and want to keep him.

  4. thevoice0freason says:
    October 23, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    There has to be another trade in the works, maybe after this week’s games. They didn’t need Gordon’s roster spot after cutting Tomlinson and Richards.
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    The Pats were going to need a roster spot for N’Keal Harry when he is activated, and with this move BB is saying he prefers Harry over Gordon.

  5. On a personal (rather than personnel) level this hurts. Josh was a good soldier when AB came on and there are pictures of him laughing and working with Sanu on the practice field today. The Patriots sent Josh out to the press podium a few times this season and he was just excellent. It felt like he was integrated into the team and that his wellbeing was supported within the organization. I hate to think of the effect on him of the abrupt loss of all that.

    I think most Patriots fans wish him all the best and regret he won’t be with the team. As far as the good of the team, I would a lot rather have seen Michael Bennett waived than Josh Gordon.

  6. Confusing to me. I’ll wait for somebody to explain this a bit more adequately in the days ahead. Not Adam Schefter.

  7. This is actually doing Gordon a favor, allowing him to sign on with another team prior to the 8 week hold that the Pats would have to follow.

  8. He is visibly slower this year, getting no separation, which explains why his targets were down. He could still make the contested catch, but like Brady has been stressing lately, he throws to the open receiver. Unfortunate, fans and teammates really like him, but the team is there to win games, and Belichick is “doing what’s best for the team” (which he often states ad nauseam).

  9. I think if he clears waivers pats can resign him at a lower salary. If he clears. Will another team take a chance on the waiver wire? IR temporarily keeps him with the team.

  10. There’s no way he falls to Indy or Buffalo. He’ll be released and picked up by a team with a worse record and therefore not be a threat to go to a team in the hunt with NE.

  11. Hasn’t. Been factor. Doing him a favor yet here we go with the they did him wrong nonsense.

  12. Another case of Bill using rule loopholes to manipulate system….while it is smart…it doesnt teach youth anything about sportsmanship….nfl has to close the loopholes…run by idiots…maybe make belichick commissioner and he closes them all

  13. Seems odd to cut Gordon. His production isn’t bad and he has a high ceiling. He’s led the NFL in receiving yards in a season before and still has his deep speed. He’s never been a nimble, short area route runner like Edelman. He’s a big physical, fast guy who wins contested balls.

  14. steelpalace5000 says:
    October 23, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    Bill couldn’t win crap in Cleveland and had total control. Tell me what happened or who really is in control
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    Things turned around real fast when he was video taping other teams signals and practices.

  15. Bill couldn’t win crap in Cleveland

    Fake News. Bill’s 1994 season is still Cleveland’s best in the last 25 years.

  16. I’m thinking he fell off the wagon again and soon the league will suspend him for Good I might be wrong but seems kind of odd because of how little they have invested in him.

  17. Huge Gordon fan here, disappointed, but he’s not that great this year, he’s a little bigger and slower. Patriots must not see the $ value in keeping him. Too bad, because he’s obviously worked hard at fixing his off- field problems. He’s very likeable.

  18. “Wow players sign there for less than market value and then they do this to them.”

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    Josh Gordon was a RFA with a second round tender and got exactly zero offers from other teams at a 2 million dollar salary because nobody wanted to give up a pick for him. But don’t let facts get in the way.

  19. steelpalace5000 says:
    October 23, 2019 at 8:57 pm
    Bill couldn’t win crap in Cleveland and had total control. Tell me what happened or who really is in control

    You’re looking at this in hindsight. In Cleveland, Bill was young and still learning. He hadn’t set the culture yet. Now that he’s built things from the ground up in NE, he is never questioned and that blind obedience makes teams ultra close, loyal, and lethally efficient.

  20. There’s something odd about this story that doesn’t add up. No team keeps things closer to the vest than the Patriots, but suddenly all these “facts” are being reported such as the exact nature of Gordon’s injury, his timeline for return, and the teams desire to waive him as soon as he is medically cleared. There’s a piece of the puzzle that’s missing here. It also seems odd considering the Patriots seemed to have taken a liking to him and gave him a contract even before the league said he could return.

    Maybe he violated the drug policy again (I hope not), or maybe he violated some internal team policy? Or perhaps they’ve been impressed with Harry on the practice field and think having a similar style player in Gordon will stunt his development? Or maybe the Patriots are just playing roster musical chairs and will end up re-signing him a few days later?

    The worst case for Gordon would be if he hits the waiver wire and ends up in some dumpster fire. You have to assume stability is important for anyone in his situation and that might be tough in a place like Washington or Cincinnati. For the Patriots though, I get the desire to keep him away from a team like the Ravens or Texans.

  21. It’s curious, but it’s pretty clear this was done with some thought and must have been part of the Sanu consideration and the plan for N’Keal Harry.

    As of now with Gordon on IR, Pats have 6 WRs + Slater, and 3 TEs. No one thought they’d keep 7 WRs on the active roster, so there was a lot of discussion about who would be the odd man out. Seemingly Jakobi Meyers has impressed the staff enough to secure his role, and Gunner is the PR. Maybe they could have kept Gordon on the active roster over LaCosse? There are many factors in play regarding personnel groupings, contract status, health, reliability, etc. I have no idea, but I’m pretty sure BB knows more than I do and I have to think Gordon’s past history of falling off the wagon was a consideration too.

  22. More proof that the league does everything to help the Patriots. Gordon was on his 5th violation and should be suspended for the year but Godell waived it. When with the browns, he was out for an entire season for have a cup of alchohol on the flight home. The NFL is rigged just like the WWE.

  23. Patriots aren’t that stupid.

    New England will look to trade him before they decide to flat out release him.

    I can only hope the 9ERS are already talking to Belicheck and offering a future pick. The 9ERS could use him despite the recent acquisition of Emanuel Sanders

  24. hiresolutionfilms says:
    October 23, 2019 at 6:22 pm
    Everyone likes Gordon and wants him to do well but it is time to admit that he is just not very good, especially at this point in his career.
    yeah those 30 or so games he’s played have taken a major toll eh?

  25. Screw it, bring him back to Cleveland. We’ll be 2-5 after this week, Washington,Cincy, and Miami are clearly not going to sign him, especially with Miami in full clearout mode, Washington’s owner being an idiot, and Cincy is likely to trade Green, cut Dalton after this year and start over. Not a lot of other teams in the way if he goes to waivers.
    So far signs point to him being clean for a while, we got tons of cash, why not? He’ll be cheap, he’s got talent still, put him runnin deep routes while everybody covers OBJ.

  26. Eagles better make a play for him. Idk if he still has it or not but he can’t be worse than the slop they put on the field at the position. Mack Hollins, agholor and alshon “the snitch” jefferey…hot garbage

  27. mkreef says:
    October 23, 2019 at 7:32 pm

    He is visibly slower this year, getting no separation, which explains why his targets were down. He could still make the contested catch, but like Brady has been stressing lately, he throws to the open receiver. Unfortunate, fans and teammates really like him, but the team is there to win games, and Belichick is “doing what’s best for the team” (which he often states ad nauseam).

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    Agree. I’ve also noticed the distinct lack of separation. Perhaps the lack of deep speed coupled with the suspension risk are causing Bill to decide the benefit is no longer worth the risk.

    They are doing Gordon a favor though aren’t they? Cutting him prior to the trade deadline allows him to get a new deal with any team, possibly another potential contender, rather than be subject to waivers?

  28. cletuspstillwaterjr says:
    October 23, 2019 at 7:14 pm

    Where are all the people that told us Gordon and Brown were taking the Pats to the Super Bowl?
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    I doubt there were any people on this site making that comment. Given the fact that the Pats have been to nine Super Bowls in this millennium without Gordon or Brown playing in the game for the Pats, and the fact that the Pats have won six of those Super Bowls, I am certain that the Pats do not need Gordon or Brown to represent the AFC proudly in the Super Bowl again in February 2020. There is no guarantee that the Pats will be the AFC representative, but we can guarantee that the Pats do not need Gordon or Brown to get there, as they have done many times before.

  29. Arizona should trade their 7th round pick to NE for Josh Gordon’s services getting Kyler Murray one more big 6″4 weapon at WR on the outside with Fitz in the slot. I’m sure Murray would welcome Gordon’s services. AZ also should get rookie 6″5 Hakeem Butler back off of IR any day now giving 3 receivers 6″3 or taller if they make the trade.

  30. steelpalace5000 says:
    October 23, 2019 at 8:57 pm
    Bill couldn’t win crap in Cleveland and had total control. Tell me what happened or who really is in control

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    He did not have total control in Cleveland. Model was always an albatross to whoever worked for him no matter how good or bad they were. BBs starting point in Cleveland was to inherit a total trash heap dumpster file with horrible upper management and turned it into 37-45. If Model had kept Belichick with the team as they moved to Baltimore, where the upper management did get much better I think history there would be holding a lot more SBs. Meanwhile New England would have been competing for those top picks.

  31. steelpalace5000 says:
    October 23, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    Bill couldn’t win crap in Cleveland and had total control. Tell me what happened or who really is in control
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    Nick Saban and Ozzie Newsome were on BB’s Cleveland staff. I guess they “couldn’t win crap” either but seemed to do OK in their next gigs.

  32. steelpalace5000 says:
    October 23, 2019 at 8:57 pm
    Bill couldn’t win crap in Cleveland and had total control. Tell me what happened or who really is in control

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    You are aware they got him for peanuts because he was looking like his football days were all done and anything they got was to be considered gravy? They came out well ahead when you consider the price and the starting point.

  33. Something isn’t adding up here. While not lighting the world on fire, Gordon has been a reliable receiver, BB has already been burned on Demaryius and AB, and its not like Gordon is getting paid a ton

  34. I think they were not really comfortable day to day on Gordon’s long term availability due to various reasons.

  35. Are we definitely sure that Wynn is coming back? What if his situation has changed and this is a way to get Gordon healthy again and ready for the playoffs while taking a roster spot? No sources on this, just wishful thinking. I have been pulling for him to get his life together and he is doing that. Would love to see him stay.

  36. So much speculation…. it all does seem a bit odd…not sure at all on what’s going on behind the scenes or what the THINKING even is here….. be interesting to see where this finally ends up going…. Gordon is STILL a dangerous talented player….. the risk of him just being outright released when healthy puzzles me & I know that the Pats really supported him during all his preseason rehab, so something is off which all of this…..hmmmmm??!!
    Wish him the best of luck in BOTH his personal & proffeional career (unless it’s against the Pats that is)…
    Good luck Josh & GO PATS!!!

  37. Tough guy. The play in which he hurt his knee – chasing down the defender who intercepted the pass, was a pure hustle play. I hope somehow, someway, they keep him. I cannot see them carrying both Lacosse and Izzo at TE. There is no need. There is that lack of separation this year, he has lost a step or two but he is a tough guy who goes over the middle and blocks.

  38. if you can waive someone of injured reserve wuth the expectations they will be picked up by someone else-why not just trade for a 7th round pick.

    It’s not like Belechick not to get something,

    I still think Belechick thinks he’s on something.

  39. Wishing you good luck Josh Gordon, stick with your life plan, football is just a job. You can get another, just a bump in the road kid. You got this!

  40. Chris Komzy says:
    October 23, 2019 at 6:49 pm

    Wow players sign there for less than market value and then they do this to them

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    Gordon didn’t sign with the Patriots he came in a trade. The team was extremely supportive of Gordon over the past year. Roster spots sometimes require tough decisions.

  41. Saw somewhere that Brady has more tight window completions to Gordon in the last year than the rest of the roster combined. He wasn’t putting up gigantic numbers but he definitely was making plays and Brady wasn’t afraid to throw it to him.

    Crazy year for them and receivers: D. Thomas was looking pretty good and they dumped him for Brown, Brown was gone after a game, and now Gordon gets dumped. I know they’re magicians always making do with different receivers but they could well regret this move if anybody else gets hurt or doesn’t materialize they way they’re imagining.

  42. aaronrodgers618 says:
    October 24, 2019 at 10:59 am
    The decision Bill Belichick makes is usually the right one. Those six Super Bowls didn’t win themselves.
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    Take away Tom Brady and he has none as a HC.

  43. I know NE has earned the benefit of the doubt with their strategic choices, but I have to say I am puzzled by their moves this year. They seem so indecisive and hasty with a position at which they have questionable depth.

    Cutting Thomas seemed needlessly quick, adding Brown seemed like an unnecessary reach, putting all this effort into Gordon and dropping him after he’s done well – I don’t get it. It seems panicky.

    It seems to me like a position where they need all the help they can get, they often lose players over the course of a season, and the guys they chose seemed solid and team-oriented. So why mess with it so much?

    Sanu looks to me like a good addition, but it’s hard to not to look at it skeptically with all these other moves.

  44. This is Bill playing Chess. He makes room for Sanu and Harry. After Tuesday, when Flash is healthy, he waives him and then resigns him which is what both want. He just doesn’t want to keep him on the roster while he’s hurt…. Genius

  45. they must have already explored the trade market, keeping him on past the trade deadline ensures the waiver process which means he is less likely to end up on a fellow contender.. When he is on the field he is nothing short of a top 3 reciever, all this hate over a little marijauna.. mean while half the guys lining up every sunday are on pain killers that are known to be much worse in multiple aspects.

  46. hawkkiller says:
    October 24, 2019 at 6:07 am
    Arizona should trade their 7th round pick to NE for Josh Gordon’s services
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    Players on IR can’t be traded.

  47. sparky151 says:
    October 23, 2019 at 8:39 pm
    Seems odd to cut Gordon. His production isn’t bad and he has a high ceiling. He’s led the NFL in receiving yards in a season before and still has his deep speed. He’s never been a nimble, short area route runner like Edelman. He’s a big physical, fast guy who wins contested balls.
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    That was 6 years ago he led the league in rec yards. Since then it has been suspension after suspension and very modest production.

    His talent has never been in question and he’s still young, but he really hasn’t been a consistent threat for quite some time now.

  48. patsandwannabees says:

    October 24, 2019 at 12:05 pm

    This is Bill playing Chess. He makes room for Sanu and Harry. After Tuesday, when Flash is healthy, he waives him and then resigns him which is what both want. He just doesn’t want to keep him on the roster while he’s hurt…. Genius

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    You’re playing checkers. Gordon can’t come off an IR designation by the Patriots to play again for the Patriots. Way to jump on a bloated bandwagon though.

  49. bcsublime says:
    October 24, 2019 at 2:10 pm
    patsandwannabees says:
    October 24, 2019 at 12:05 pm
    This is Bill playing Chess. He makes room for Sanu and Harry. After Tuesday, when Flash is healthy, he waives him and then resigns him which is what both want. He just doesn’t want to keep him on the roster while he’s hurt…. Genius
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    You’re playing checkers. Gordon can’t come off an IR designation by the Patriots to play again for the Patriots. Way to jump on a bloated bandwagon though.

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    If they waive him after Tuesday’s trade deadline, Gordon would be subject to waivers.
    That would improve New England’s chances of keeping Gordon away from an AFC competitor with the worst teams getting the first shots at waiver claims.

    bcsublime
    Maybe you are playing Tick Tack Toe

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