Patriots Place WR Josh Gordon on Injured Reserve

Josh Gordon during a Cleveland Browns vs. Los Angeles Chargers game in 2017 . Photo by Jevone Moore/Cal Sport Media/CSM/REX/Shutterstock (9254895ba)

It appears that Josh Gordon’s time with New England Patriots has come to an end. Pats announced on Wednesday that they had placed Gordon on injured reserve.

Gordon, who is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in March, played through a left knee injury for the better part of the season before making it worse in Week 6 game against New York Giants. He wasn’t on the roster in Pats’ win over New York Jets in Week 7.

In the first six weeks of 2019 NFL season, Gordon had 20 receptions for 287 yards and one touchdown.

According to ESPN, New England used “minor” IR designation on Josh Gordon, which means that they have to release him once he is cleared to play. That reportedly might happen in a couple of weeks. If released, Gordon can be claimed via waivers by another team.

Gordon joined New England in 2018 in a trade from Cleveland Browns. He had 40 catches for 720 yards and three touchdowns last season.

Following the arrival of Mohamed Sanu from Atlanta Falcons, Patriots felt that they don’t need Gordon anymore, although he was a starter alongside Julian Edelman. Besides Sanu and Edelman, New England also has Phillip Dorsett and this year’s first-round pick N’Keal Harry.