FOXBORO — Josh Gordon’s tenure with the New England Patriots is over.
The Patriots placed the wide receiver on injured reserve on Wednesday and according to reports plan to waive him off IR once he’s healthy.
Source says Patriots WR Josh Gordon expects to be medically cleared soon, and that his knee injury is "minor". I was told he ran 22 MPH on the treadmill during a rehab session today.
Once he's cleared, he hopes to be released off of IR and sign with a new team.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) October 23, 2019
Gordon suffered a knee/ankle injury in the Patriots week seven win over the Giants when he attempted to make a tackle after a Tom Brady fumble.
According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport Gordon two bone bruises in his knee that he dealt with before the injury against the #Giants.
This season for the Patriots Gordon had 20 catches for 287 yards and a touchdown.
For his part it appears Gordon learned of the news on Instagram.
— Michael Giardi (@MikeGiardi) October 23, 2019
The move comes a day after the Patriots traded for Mohamed Sanu, perhaps giving the the confidence they could move forward without Gordon as a part of the offense.
The Patriots are also a week away from being able to activate first round pick N’Keal Harry off of IR, who could also bolster the wide receiving corps. Keeping that in mind, don’t expect Bill Belichick to fill Gordon’s spot on the 53-man roster with a long-term player, as the team will need the spot for Harry next week.
Gordon finishes the season with 20 receptions for 287 yards and one touchdown in six games. His loss is a huge blow to the team’s wide receiver depth, which has been a concern most of the season. The Patriots did trade for Atlanta Falcons wideout Mohamed Sanu on Tuesday, but it will take him some time to learn the offense and build chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady.
Gordon joins Harry, David Andrews, James Develin, Isaiah Wynn and Stephen Gostkowski, among notable Patriots players to be place on IR this season.
Harry returned to practice last week and could play as early as Week 9 versus the Baltimore Ravens.
The Patriots can also bring one more player off IR this season, likely Wynn is he recovers in time.
More to come…