Josh Gordon reinstated by NFL, able to play Week 1

Ryan Hannable
August 16, 2019 - 6:47 pm

The Patriots wide receiving corps needed a boost and it got one Friday.

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According to a league release, the NFL has reinstated Josh Gordon and he will now be on the Patriots' roster. Beginning Sunday, Gordon may rejoin the Patriots to attend meetings and engage in conditioning work and individual workouts.

Subject to appropriate progress on clinical care and other arrangements, he will be permitted to participate in team activities including practice. He may attend, but not play in, the Patriots' third preseason game next week. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Gordon will be able to play Week 1.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was the one to reinstate Gordon.

“We are all rooting for Josh to succeed, both personally and professionally," Goodell said in a statement. "Everyone shares in that hope and will continue to support him to every extent possible. But as Josh acknowledged, ultimately his success is up to him."

The Patriots desperately needed help at the wide receiver position as it went into the summer not very deep, and then have had a number of injuries the last week or so. Gordon will instantly jump to the No. 2 spot on the depth chart behind Julian Edelman.

In 11 games with the Patriots last season, he caught 40 passes for 720 yards and three touchdowns.

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