Bill Belichick releases statement on Josh Gordon

Ryan Hannable
August 17, 2019 - 12:55 pm

The NFL officially reinstated Josh Gordon on a conditional basis Friday afternoon and the wide receiver can return to the team beginning Sunday.

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Bill Belichick released a statement Saturday afternoon.

"For the past eight months, Josh’s situation has been entirely a league matter," it read. "When Josh returns to our program, we will evaluate the entire situation and do what we feel is best for Josh and the team."

It appears Belichick is setting the groundwork for Gordon's return where nothing is guaranteed, he'll have to earn a roster spot, etc.

If Gordon does get on the field, which he can't until after the Patriots' preseason game next Thursday, he immediately jumps to No. 2 on the depth chart.

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