It would appear that Josh Gordon and a thinning New England wideout group has dodged a bullet.
Injured in the second quarter of Thursday's win over the Giants when he appeared to twist his knee (and in ugly fashion) in an attempted tackle of Giants linebacker Markus Golden, Gordon did not suffer a major injury, according to Ian Rapoport.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 11, 2019
“The good news for the Patriots though is Josh Gordon was spotted in the second half riding the bike,” Rapoport said during an appearance on the NFL Network. “That indicates one: He has a chance to come back. He ultimately did not, but he had a chance. And two: that it is not a major injury for Josh Gordon.”
Rapoport's report seems a little bit based on what he saw while watching Thursday's game, but given his track record, it should be assumed that there's a little bit of inside information being thrown his way. And honestly, with the Patriots already dealing with a couple of other wideout injuries -- Julian Edelman is playing through a rib injury while Phillip Dorsett missed Thursday's game due to a hamstring injury -- nobody should be complaining about how good news is delivered.
Gordon caught one pass for seven yards prior to the injury, and has totaled 20 catches (on 36 targets) for 287 yards and a touchdown through the first six games of the 2019 season.
After playing two games in five days, Gordon (and the rest of the battered Patriots) will get some much needed time away from the field, as the Patriots do not play again until Monday, Oct. 21 against the Jets.