Josh Gordon was granted one final chance, essentially, by the Patriots, and he may have blown it.
The Patriots took a flier on Gordon earlier in the season, when they acquired him via trade with the Browns. Gordon never really took any games over, as we’ve seen him do in the past, but he did go over 90 receiving yards three times.
But it appears his run in the NFL may be coming to an end, as he’s been suspended indefinitely by the league, and it could be over a year until he’s reinstated again. The NFL released a statement on the issue:
“Effective today, Josh Gordon has been returned to the Reserve/Commissioner Suspended list indefinitely for violating the terms of his conditional reinstatement under the Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.”
It would be interesting to know if the Patriots were aware of this issue before Sunday’s game, as Gordon had only one catch for 19 yards, with quarterback Tom Brady rarely even looking in his direction. It’s possible that the Patriots were using Gordon as a decoy to draw coverage — as he did on Chris Hogan’s touchdown — but it sure looked as if they were freezing him out, which, given this recent update, is certainly possible.
We do wish Gordon the best in his recovery going forward, but it’s starting to look as if his tenure in the NFL has come to a close. He may have run out of chances.