The Patriots had what may have been their busiest day of the summer on Sunday.
It began with Josh Gordon’s full participation in Sunday’s practice, pointing towards the 28-year-old Gordon’s activation off the team’s non-football injury list. This means that Gordon, who was reinstated from his indefinite suspension nine days ago, will have two weeks to get in game shape for the team’s Week 1 home opener against the Steelers on Sunday Night Football. Gordon totaled 720 yards and three touchdowns on 40 grabs in 11 games with the Pats last year.
The corresponding move to that came with New England’s release of wide receiver Maurice Harris.
Harris, who was signed to a one-year deal worth up to $1 million this past March, caught three balls for 27 yards and a touchdown in New England’s preseason victory over the Lions, but was injured in joint practices with the Titans and never got healthy enough to get back on the field for the Patriots.
But the Patriots continued to make moves beyond their wideout situation, moving special teamer Brandon King to the injured reserve. Injured in last Thursday’s preseason victory over Carolina, King is believed to be dealing with a torn quad, and his placement on the injured reserve before Sept. 4 means he’s ineligible to come back later this season.
The team also released defensive end Keionta Davis, who had two tackles in the 10-3 win over the Panthers last week. Davis, an undrafted free agent, had five tackles in two games for the Patriots last season.
And with two roster spots opened up, the Patriots signed linebacker Scooby Wright III and running back Robert Martin.
A seventh-round pick of the Browns in 2016, Wright appeared in 10 games for the Cardinals in 2017, and most recently played for the Arizona Hotshots of the short-lived AAF.
The 23-year-old Martin, meanwhile, comes to the Patriots after a collegiate career at Rutgers and spending last year on the Giants’ practice squad.
The Patriots will conclude their preseason this Thursday against the Giants.