Nine days after he was reinstated by the NFL on a conditional basis, Josh Gordon was on the practice field in full pads for the Patriots on Sunday, meaning he has been activated off the team’s non-football injury list.
WR Josh Gordon (10) is dressed in full pads at practice today, which is an indication he is being removed from the non-football injury list. pic.twitter.com/nW0vGX27dA— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) August 25, 2019
As part of his reinstatement, Gordon was not eligible to play in New England’s regular dress rehearsal last Thursday, but is eligible to play their preseason finale against the New York Giants next Thursday, and will be eligible to play in the team’s Week 1 Sunday Night Football head-to-head against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
With Gordon’s activation, the Patriots have now successfully added Julian Edelman, Demaryius Thomas, and now Gordon to their wide receiver group in less than a week. And with 2019 first-round pick N’Keal Harry, third-year Patriot Phillip Dorsett III, and rookie Jakobi Meyers shining at various points this training camp, there no longer seems to be the infamous (and often overblown) weapons crisis facing Tom Brady’s offense.
Gordon caught 40 calls for 720 yards and three touchdowns in 11 games with the Patriots last year.