Patriots place Josh Gordon on IR, ending his time with the team

There was a reason the New England Patriots gave up a second-round pick for Mohamed Sanu. The Patriots’ receiving corps took a big hit Wednesday, as Josh Gordon was placed on injured reserve, according to ESPN’s Field Yates.

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The 28-year-old Gordon suffered a knee injury during the team’s Week 6 game against the New York Giants. He injured himself making a tackle after linebacker Markus Golden scooped up a Tom Brady fumble. Gordon was unable to practice the following week and missed the team’s Week 7 game against the New York Jets.

In a strange twist, Gordon believes he can return from the injury soon. There’s some thought that the move ends Gordon’s time with the Patriots, but that Gordon could hit the free-agent market and sign with another team soon, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.

The Patriots are well-equipped to handle Gordon’s departure after trading for Sanu on Tuesday. With Gordon out in New England, Sanu becomes the team’s No. 2 wideout behind Julian Edelman.

Gordon — who has battled substance-abuse issues and faced multiple suspensions throughout his career — was reinstated by the NFL in August. Big things were expected from Gordon in his first full season with the Patriots.

In six games, Gordon caught 20 passes for 287 yards and a touchdown. Gordon was set to become a free agent in the offseason, though that could change depending on what the Patriots do next.

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New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore signs autographs for fans after an NFL football training camp practice in Foxborough, Mass., Friday, July 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman warms up during NFL football training camp, Sunday, July 28, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
New England Patriots defensive lineman Michael Bennett, left, speaks with quarterback Tom Brady, right, during NFL football training camp, Sunday, July 28, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
New England Patriots running back Sony Michel (26) and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, center right, speaks during practice at NFL football training camp, Sunday, July 28, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
New England Patriots tight end Stephen Anderson tracks a pass during an NFL football training camp practice in Foxborough, Mass., Friday, July 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick twirls his whistle on his pinky during an NFL football training camp practice in Foxborough, Mass., Friday, July 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
New England Patriots wide receiver N'Keal Harry, left, signs autographs for fans following an NFL football training camp practice, Thursday, July 25, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
New England Patriots wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, center, warms up with teammates during an NFL football training camp practice, Thursday, July 25, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady winds up to pass the ball during an NFL football training camp practice, Thursday, July 25, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady steps on the field at the start of an NFL football training camp practice, Thursday, July 25, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
New England Patriots offensive tackle Marcus Cannon raises his helmet towards fans prior to an NFL football training camp practice in Foxborough, Mass., Friday, July 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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