The Patriots placed yet another player on Injured Reserve with Josh Gordon heading there this Wednesday and his season most likely being over. Gordon joins the likes of David Andrews, Isaiah Wynn, N'Keal Harry, James Develin, and Stephen Gostkowski.
Gordon was knocked out of the Thursday night game against the Giants two weeks ago around halftime with a knee and ankle injury. He was then a no show at practice all week and ruled out on Monday night against the Jets.
This is a huge loss for the Patriots. It's definitely something they can overcome, but Gordon is a game changer on offense. The more weapons Tom has, the better, as well.
The preemptive trade for Mohamed Sanu yesterday all makes sense now.
I wrote an article yesterday pretty much ripping apart that trade, I really wasn't a fan of it at all. I mentioned how Gordon and Dorsett were both better than Sanu, and trading for another receiver would mean we probably wouldn't activate Harry from IR.
Well, the complete opposite is happening now. Gordon heads to the IR, and you can probably lock Harry in as one of the two IR activations the Patriots will use this season to sure up the receiving corps. The trade was very well executed (for both sides, nonetheless) and was perfectly timed with the trade deadline swiftly approaching.
Josh Gordon's season ends prematurely with a stat line of 20 catches for 287 yards and one touchdown.
N'Keal Harry is set to be activated this week and make his regular season NFL debut. With the new rule that each team is only allowed to activate two players from IR, it will be interesting to see what route the Patriots take.
My thoughts are that they should activate Isaiah Wynn, seeing as he lost his entire rookie season to an Achilles injury. They wouldn't want to have their young first round pick miss two full seasons in a row. However, a case can be made that James Develin could come off the IR, as he is incredibly valuable to the Patriots offense and their success.
Significant injuries aren't anything new to the Patriots. We always find a way to overcome it and continue to succeed.
Best of luck to Josh Gordon. Praying for a quick and healthy recovery.