What Josh Gordon reportedly being placed on NFI means

Ryan Hannable
August 19, 2019 - 9:00 am

On Friday, the NFL reinstated Josh Gordon on a conditional basis with him being eligible to return to the Patriots Sunday, but cannot play in Thursday’s preseason game.

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According to multiple reports, Gordon is now on the Patriots roster, but he’s been placed on NFI (non-football injury list).

So, what does this mean for the wide receiver?

It’s not really that big of a deal, especially considering Julian Edelman is on the same list. The two cannot practice until they come off it and if they don’t by Aug. 31 they will revert to NFI-reserve and then cannot be added to the active roster until after Week 6.

Essentially, it’s just a paperwork move and really doesn’t impact anything.

Gordon likely will be in the building Monday with the rest of his team and being to work his way back from a conditioning standpoint. It’s unknown when he will be on the field for the first time. Starters typically do not play in the fourth preseason game, so perhaps it is not until the regular season, but maybe the team wants Gordon to get some game reps and will let him play.

In 11 games with the Patriots last season, Gordon finished with 40 catches for 720 yards and three touchdowns.

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