Jeff Darlington reports that midway through the week, there was skepticism that Josh Gordon would have any chance of playing on Sunday. However, as the week went on, the odds of him making his Patriots’ debut seemingly increased to the point where it’s now “far more likely.”
Darlington adds that the issue isn’t about getting Gordon up to speed with their playbook as much as it’s about his hamstring injury.
Adam Schefter adds that if Gordon’s hamstring is okay during pre-game warmups today, he is expected to play some against the Dolphins.
Gordon, 27, is a former second-round supplemental pick of the Browns back in 2012. Suspensions forced Gordon to sit out the 2015 and 2016 seasons but he was reinstated in November of last year and finished out the seasons with the Browns.
The Browns re-signed Gordon to a one-year exclusive rights contract worth $790,000 during the offseason before trading him to the Patriots for a 2019 fifth-round pick.
Gordon is in line to be a restricted free agent in 2019.
In 2018, Gordon has appeared in one game and caught one pass for 17 yards and a touchdown.