ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – New England Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon is expected to stay off the field for about a quarter in Monday night's game against the Buffalo Bills because of the delay, the NFL Network reported.
Gordon, who was elevated to a starting role with the Patriots in the final two games, is coming off a 100-yard effort in a victory over the Chicago Bears on October 21. He arrived at New Era Field for the game on Monday night at the team's first bus, along with quarterback Tom Brady and others.
WR Josh Gordon among those who arrived on the Patriots' first bus. pic.twitter.com/4wX0Fjt55J
– Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) October 29, 2018
Any discipline for Gordon would be a decision made by coach Bill Belichick. The Patriots, through a team spokesperson, did not comment on the NFL Network report in the hours before the start. The report said Gordon was expected to be kept off the field for "several series" before he received his regular playing time.
Gordon's story with questions of reliability and substance abuse issues is well documented. He served multiple NFL suspensions in his time with the Cleveland Browns.
Since the Patriots acquired it in a transaction on September 17, Gordon has credited the team's "broth of excellence" for helping him thrive, and highlighted the help of team character coach Jack Easterby. In the hours leading up to Monday's start, Easterby spent some time talking in the tunnel with open catchers Chad O & # 39; Shea.
The Patriots enter Monday's game with Gordon, Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett and Cordarrelle Patterson at the catcher.