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The NFL has suspended Josh Gordon indefinitely for violating the league's policies on performance-enhancing substances and substances of abuse.
Gordon has been suspended multiple times by the league, including in Cleveland and New England, so his time in Seattle is unfortunately no different. The Seahawks will now be without the 28-year-old for the final two games and into the playoffs, and this could be the final chance Gordon gets. In ten combined games with Seattle and the Patriots this season, Gordon finishes with 27 receptions, 426 yards, and one touchdown. Pete Carroll's squad will rely on David Moore, Jaron Brown, and Malik Turner behind Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf.
Josh Gordon is off the Week 10 injury report.
Gordon was dealing with an ankle issue that had him limited in practice, but he's officially ready to make his Seahawks debut on Monday night. It's difficult to trust Gordon as a strong fantasy option in his first game with a new team, but perhaps Russell Wilson will make an effort to get him involved early.
Josh Gordon (ankle) officially remains limited in practice.
Gordon is expected to be fine for Monday night as he looks to make his Seahawks debut, but check back tomorrow for his official Week 10 game status on the final injury report of the week.
Josh Gordon (ankle) was a limited in Thursday's practice.
Gordon is expected to play on Monday night, but his status will be worth monitoring before the official injury report is released this weekend. It might be best for fantasy owners to see the former All-Pro receiver's role before getting him in lineups.
The Seahawks have claimed Josh Gordon.
Gordon will be a huge addition to Seattle's offense, as the top three at receiver will now be him, Tyler Lockett, and impressive rookie D.K. Metcalf—giving Russell Wilson arguably the best supporting cast of his career. There may have been better landing spots for Gordon from a fantasy perspective, but perhaps he will click with Wilson immediately (especially because the two have a prior relationship), and he still needs to be picked up everywhere he was dropped. The base offense for the Seahawks is now expected to feature Gordon and Metcalf on the outside with Lockett in the slot, and we could see it unleashed as early as Week 10 on Monday Night Football against the 49ers.
The Patriots have released Josh Gordon, according to multiple reports.
Because this happened after the trade deadline, Gordon will now hit waivers. The former All-Pro receiver is apparently healthy now after getting released from injured reserve, and it'll be very interesting which teams will be interested in bringing him in as a potential boost on offense. Waivers are inverse order of standings, but hopefully Gordon lands in a good situation considering his past off-field transgressions.
Josh Gordon believes he will be healthy enough to play soon, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.
And NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Gordon dealt with bone bruises in his knee before his injury against the Giants and that it was not actually a new injury, adding that the Patriots are expected to release Gordon off injured reserve when he is fully healthy. So while Gordon appears done in New England, the talented receiver should get another opportunity with a different team soon. Despite some issues staying on the field throughout his career, we would think multiple teams will be interested in taking a chance on Gordon. Hopefully you didn't immediately drop him from your fantasy roster when he was placed on injured reserve by the Patriots.
The Patriots have placed Josh Gordon (knee) on injured reserve.
This probably explains the premium price (a second-round pick) the Patriots paid to add Mohamed Sanu to their receiving corps. The exact injury Gordon was dealing with from a couple of Thursdays ago remains unclear, but it did look like an ugly injury when his leg was twisted awkwardly against the Giants. Gordon had 20 receptions for 287 yards and one touchdown in six games for New England this season, and hopefully he stays around the team to keep his mind right while he's on injured reserve. The Patriots will move forward with Julian Edelman, Phillip Dorsett, and Mohamed Sanu as their top three receivers this season. Gordon turns 29 in the offseason and still does have elite upside as a monstrously-talented receiver, but it's been quite some time since he's been a top-tier player like he was during his All-Pro season in 2013.
Josh Gordon (knee/ankle) has been ruled out for Monday Night Football.
Gordon avoided a serious injury last week, but he’s still going to miss at least one game, and it could be more since he’s already been declared out. Phillip Dorsett should be rostered in all formats and is worth considering as a WR2 play.
Josh Gordon (knee/ankle) officially did not practice today.
Gordon appears likely to be ruled out tomorrow, but we'll update you when the final Week 7 injury report is officially released.
Josh Gordon (ankle/knee) did not participate in Thursday's practice.
New England won't play until Monday night, but Gordon is looking doubtful at this point, so fantasy owners making a decision between him and someone playing tonight should probably get ready for Thursday Night Football. We'll update Gordon's status tomorrow, and there may be a definitive answer by the weekend.
Josh Gordon (knee) did not return to tonight's game.
Gordon was questionable to return, but he was never able to get back on the field after badly twisting his knee while attempting to stop a fumble recovery for a touchdown by the Giants. The good news is Gordon appears to have avoided a serious injury that'll keep him out for an extended period of time, but he'll have ten days to get ready for a Week 7 matchup against the Jets. Before leaving tonight's game, Gordon had one reception for seven yards.
Josh Gordon (knee) is officially questionable to return for the Patriots.
Gordon was seen walking the sidelines with only a slight limp, and he was reportedly riding the stationary bike, so it looks like he has a shot to return tonight. This is great to hear after Gordon's leg was twisted very awkwardly, and we'll update you if he's able to return to the game in the second half.
Josh Gordon suffers apparent leg injury against the Giants.
On a sack-fumble that went for a touchdown, Gordon was chasing down Markus Golden and had his left leg twisted up pretty badly while attempting to make a tackle. Gordon was on the ground for a couple of minutes before getting up and limping over to the sideline with trainers. It didn't look good for both Gordon's knee and ankle, but hopefully it's not as bad as it looks and he can get back out on the field soon. That said, him returning to tonight's game might be a stretch.
Josh Gordon (knee) is officially active against the Giants.
Gordon will look to have his first huge game of the season versus a defense that’s given up big outings to receivers this season. With Phillip Dorsett (hamstring) out for the Patriots, Gordon could see an uptick in targets tonight.
Josh Gordon (knee) is questionable for Week 6.
Gordon should be good to go, but we will get an answer tomorrow night before kickoff. While he's been quiet in recent weeks, Gordon is a top-15 option against a very beatable Giants secondary.
Josh Gordon catches two passes in Week 2.
Gordon gained 19 yards on his two receptions against the Dolphins. The former All-Pro receiver was shadowed by Xavien Howard for much of the game, and that—paired with the Patriots trying to get new addition Antonio Brown the ball—led to a disappointing game. Gordon is a monstrous player that has great weekly upside, but—while this was just one game—his fantasy value probably takes a hit after the addition of Brown to the team's receiving corps. That said, Gordon will be a stronger fantasy option in Week 3 against the Jets.
Josh Gordon is off the non-football injury list.
Gordon practiced today for the Pats, so this should mean he will get enough reps over the next couple of weeks to be good for Week 1. There will always be risk in selecting Gordon, but he’s a high-upside WR2/FLEX option.
The Patriots placed Josh Gordon on the non-football injury list.
Gordon was eligible to join the team today, and he's being placed on the NFI to start. New England is probably waiting for Gordon to get up to full conditioning before practicing with the team, but we expect he'll be up to full speed pretty soon. It'd be nice to see Gordon out there during the preseason, but we'll see what happens.
The NFL has reinstated Josh Gordon, according to ESPN.
This was fully expected to happen at some point, but it's still a gamechanger from both a real-life and fantasy perspective. Gordon has gotten so many chances that it's a bit ridiculous at this point, so there's a chance he has another slip-up (potentially for the last time if the NFL doesn't let him back in the league), but his talent level is off the charts and gives New England's offense an obvious boost. After spending time with the Patriots last season, Gordon has an understanding of the offense and could be ready to step right into a large role as a starter—he can officially report to the team on Sunday, but he cannot play in the team's third preseason game. The former All-Pro will likely go in the middle rounds, perhaps in the fifth-to-sixth-round range, in 2019 fantasy drafts, though he'll carry higher risk than most players because of his past. For dynasty leagues, while there's a chance the policy doesn't change, keep in mind that Gordon would be in good shape long-term if the league lightens up on its marijuana ban.
Josh Gordon has officially signed his restricted free agent tender, according to Field Yates.
This means Gordon is under contract with the Patriots next season, but it doesn't mean he will be cleared by the NFL to play. That said, the superstar talent would obviously be in a tremendous spot to put up big-time numbers as the potential No. 1 option for a New England offense that will be without red-zone monster Rob Gronkowski (retirement), so dynasty owners willing to gamble might want to buy low if possible. Gordon is currently serving an indefinite suspension and will need to be reinstated to play in 2019.
The Patriots placed the original-round tender on Josh Gordon, according to multiple reports.
The move was first reported by Ben Volin of the Boston Globe. So the team is clearly open to bringing Gordon back into the mix in 2019 despite yet another suspension last season. If another team happens to sign Gordon, which doesn't seem likely, New England would receive a second-round pick in return. We just have to hope the former All-Pro receiver can get his life on track and play football for a long time, but it's difficult to count on him at this point—the Patriots probably won't as they address the receiver position in free agency and the draft.
Josh Gordon has officially been suspended by the NFL.
The NFL's statement reads: "Effective today, Josh Gordon has been returned to the Reserve/Commissioner Suspended list indefinitely for violating the terms of his conditions reinstatement under the Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse." This is basically banishment, and it's going to take Gordon proving himself in a big way before Commissioner Goodell thinks of reinstating him again. Earlier, before this suspension was official, the Patriots released a statement reading: "We support Josh Gordon in his continued efforts to focus on his health. His attempt to do so is a private and personal matter, which we intend to respect." New England opting to release Gordon soon wouldn't be a surprise.
Josh Gordon is facing another suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.
This explains Gordon announcing that he's stepping away from football to focus on his mental health. Whether it's because of his mental health or not, it's clear—and sad—that Gordon just doesn't get it. The Patriots took a chance on him and gave him an amazing opportunity to get his career and life on track (and make a lot of money), but he's apparently squandered it by violating the league's substance abuse policy yet again. Gordon is set to be suspended indefinitely, and there's a chance that the NFL decides against ever reinstating him again. Even if he is reinstated, it's hard to see another team taking a chance after he's burned multiple opportunities since entering the league. Regardless of whether he plays football again, hopefully the ultra-talented former All-Pro can get it together—maybe he'll realize most people would not waste the elite ability he possesses. Gordon's 11 games with the Patriots end with 40 receptions for 720 yards and three touchdowns.
Josh Gordon says he's taking time away from football to focus on his mental health.
This has come out of nowhere, as Gordon himself just tweeted a statement that reads: "I take my mental health very seriously at this point to ensure that I remain able to perform at the highest level. I have recently felt like I could have a better grasp on things mentally. With that said, I will be stepping away from the football field for a bit to focus on my mental health. I would like to thank Coach Belichick, Mr. Kraft, as well as countless others within the Patriots organization for their continued support. I want to thank my fans for their support as well as I continue down the path getting back to 100%." There are two weeks until the playoffs begin, so it's unclear if Gordon will be back for a potential Super Bowl run. With a prime opportunity for a championship and a big contract in the offseason, Gordon clearly must not be right mentally right now to pass that up. Hopefully he gets the help he needs and can return to the field soon. For fantasy purposes, Chris Hogan's value in particular gets a boost with Gordon out of the mix in New England's receiving corps, and he could have some FLEX value in fantasy championships.
Josh Gordon catches one pass against the Steelers.
Gordon gained 19 yards on his lone reception in the Patriots' Week 15 loss. He also had a drop on a would-be first down, so this simply wasn't a great game for the former All-Pro—though Pittsburgh did a good job of limiting New England's entire offense. Gordon will attempt to bounce back in the first week of fantasy championships next Sunday when he faces the Bills, but he'll have to contend with tough second-year cornerback Tre'Davious White, who held Gordon to 42 yards in their first matchup of the season.
Josh Gordon nears 100 yards in Week 14.
Gordon caught five passes (on eight targets) for 96 yards against the Dolphins. The former All-Pro had the benefit of not having to face Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard, who was out with a knee injury, but it was a good all-around showing for him. Gordon will look to keep it going in a huge AFC matchup with the Steelers next week. He should obviously remain in lineups for the second week of the fantasy playoffs.
Josh Gordon scores against the Vikings.
Gordon caught three passes for 58 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots' Week 13 victory. The former All-Pro was quiet without a reception for the entire first half, but he turned it on in the third quarter with a drive bookended by 24-yard receptions, with the second going for a touchdown on a deep dig route. Gordon also drew a pass interference call in the game. The talented receiver isn't putting up monster numbers, but he appears to have fully bought in and is a key part of New England's offense. He might see a lot of Xavien Howard next week, but he's still at least in the FLEX mix in fantasy lineups for Week 14.
Josh Gordon catches all five targets in Week 12.
Gordon gained 70 yards on his five receptions against the Jets, including a long reception of 23 yards. This was a solid showing as Tom Brady looked to spread the ball around after perhaps locking onto Gordon too much in recent weeks. Next Sunday, Gordon might avoid a matchup with Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes (hamstring), which would be a boost to his outlook.
Josh Gordon caught four passes for 81 yards in Sunday's loss to the Titans.
Gordon was tied with Julian Edelman for a team-high 12 targets, but he had an up-and-down day by leaving some production on the field as he dealt with a finger injury. Still, like the rest of New England's offense, Gordon is a prime buy-low target for those already in the fantasy playoffs, and hopefully the return of a healthy Rob Gronkowski will open things up for everyone else. Consider the talented wideout a high-upside WR2 when the Patriots get back on the field to take on the Jets in Week 12.
Josh Gordon is off the injury report.
Gordon (hamstring) had been a limited practice participant every week since being acquired from the Patriots several weeks ago, but he's now off the injury report and practicing fully for the first time with his new team. The former All-Pro is locked in as a top target for Tom Brady, and he has monster potential over New England's final seven games of the season.
Josh Gordon has best game as a Patriot in Week 9.
Gordon caught five passes (on ten targets) for 130 yards and a touchdown, with the score coming on a 55-yarder in the fourth quarter to basically put the game away. The touchdown was on a pass down the left side of the field, where Gordon cut in front of the defensive back to make the catch and broke a tackle before heading to the end zone. This is the highest yardage total for Gordon as a Patriot, and the former All-Pro appears to be gaining more of Tom Brady's trust by the week.
Josh Gordon (hamstring) is officially active against the Packers.
Gordon continues to be listed as questionable, but he continues to play for the Patriots. Gordon is in the WR2 mix and offers a ton of upside in a potential shootout.
Josh Gordon (hamstring) is listed as questionable to face the Packers.
Gordon has been listed as questionable every game with the Patriots, but he continues to play. There’s no reason to believe he won’t be out there on Sunday night against Green Bay. Assuming he’s active, Gordon will be a FLEX option with upside in a potential shootout.
Josh Gordon caught four-of-six targets for 42 yards in Monday night's win over the Bills.
NFL Network reported before the game that Gordon would be held out for a few series due to "tardiness" this week, but he was on the field for the first snap and saw a deep ball (which he couldn't track) on the first series. More concerning for Gordon on Monday night was the coverage of Tre'Davious White, as Tom Brady has more success targeting Julian Edelman and James White underneath. It sounds like the pre-game report about the 27-year-old was simply a case of fake news, but fantasy owners should at least be reminded that Gordon is probably a mistake away from ruining what could be his final chance in the league. He gets a much better matchup next Sunday night against the Packers, so consider Gordon a high-upside WR2.
Josh Gordon (hamstring) is officially active for Week 8.
Gordon is set to be disciplined one quarter because of tardiness, but he's officially active against the Bills despite being listed as questionable with his hamstring injury. Expect Gordon to play the final three quarters tonight.
The Patriots are disciplining Josh Gordon for tardiness, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Rapoport says the Patriots will keep Gordon off the field for "several series — about a quarter" of tonight's game against the Bills. This is simply a very bad sign for a player that's dealt with plenty of off-field issues throughout his career, and it might show that he'll unfortunately never really get it. New England has given the former All-Pro an extraordinary opportunity with the franchise, so you'd think Gordon would be a model citizen and avoid any mistakes like this. NFL Network's Mike Giardi reports the Patriots are looking at receivers ahead of tomorrow's trade deadline, which might indicate they aren't necessarily happy with Gordon considering they already have a crowded receiving corps. Downgrade Gordon a bit in Week 8 fantasy lineups, as he has a zero-point floor if he doesn't get into the swing of things and is shut down by Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White when he enters the game tonight.
Josh Gordon (hamstring) is limited in practice.
Gordon has yet to log a full practice with the Patriots, but it hasn't appeared to hinder his play. At this point, just know Gordon is a limited participant in practice—but continues playing on game day—until we update you otherwise. It's not uncommon for top receivers to be limited in practices throughout the week like Gordon has been this season.
Josh Gordon hits 100 yards in Week 7.
Gordon caught four passes (on seven targets) for 100 yards against the Bears, making it a new high in yardage for Gordon with the Patriots. The highlight of Gordon's afternoon was a 55-yard catch-and-run on a deep dig route, as Gordon broke a couple of tackles after making the catch then glided all the way inside the five-yard line and nearly scored. Gordon is obviously an extremely potent receiver that's starting to get more comfortable in New England's offense. The former All-Pro might see a lot of Bills shutdown cornerback Tre'Davious White in Week 8, but he's a high-upside option in fantasy lineups.
Josh Gordon (hamstring) is active against the Bears.
Gordon continues to record limited practices before being listed as questionable for game day, but he continues playing. The former All-Pro might be relied upon more today with Rob Gronkowski (ankle/back) out of the lineup.
Josh Gordon (hamstring) is listed as questionable against the Bears.
Gordon has been limited in practice and listed as questionable since he's arrived in New England, and there's no reason to believe he won't be out there on Sunday. Check back in to ensure Gordon is active at 11:30 AM ET on Sunday.
Josh Gordon (hamstring) was limited in today's practice.
Gordon has yet to get a full practice in as a Patriot, but it hasn't affected his play much, as he continues to get more snaps each week. The uberly-talented receiver will be fine on Sunday against the Bears, barring a setback. We'll update you if anything changes with his practice status, but expect him to be limited tomorrow and Friday.
Josh Gordon sees a team-high nine targets in 43-40 win over the Chiefs.
Gordon caught five passes for 42 yards in the victory, also drawing a pass interference in the end zone to set up one of New England's touchdowns. The fantasy production wasn't really there, but Gordon is clearly going to be heavily involved in the coming weeks if he can stay on the field, and he's at least a high-upside FLEX option the rest of the way. "Flash" will be a difficult cover for the Bears in Week 7.
Josh Gordon (hamstring) is officially active against the Chiefs.
Gordon was listed as questionable for the game, but that's been the case for each of Gordon's first two games with the Patriots. With Chris Hogan battling a thigh injury, Gordon could see his highest workload with New England yet. There's blowup potential for tonight's game, but consider him a FLEX option for the matchup.
Josh Gordon (hamstring) is questionable for Week 6 against the Chiefs.
Gordon has been dealing with the injury since joining the Patriots, but he should be ready to roll after catching a 34-yard touchdown last Thursday night against the Colts. If Chris Hogan (thigh) doesn't suit up for a potential shootout with Kansas City, it could open up more snaps for Gordon, which increases his floor and ceiling as a high-upside FLEX option in all formats.
Josh Gordon (hamstring) was limited in practice.
Gordon is still not 100% as he deals with his hamstring injury, but he could be set for a higher snap count on Sunday night with Chris Hogan (thigh) looking shaky for the game. Gordon might be listed as questionable tomorrow, but he should be ready to play in Week 6.
Josh Gordon (hamstring) remains limited in practice.
Gordon has yet to get up to a full practice participant as a Patriot, which could be part of why he hasn't played a full slate of snaps with the team yet. We'll see if Gordon can become a full participant tomorrow or Friday.
Josh Gordon scores first touchdown as a Patriot in 38-24 victory over Indianapolis.
Gordon caught two passes for 50 yards, including a 34-yard score in the fourth quarter. The former Brown was quiet for much of the night, but Tom Brady threw it up to him in double coverage, and Gordon came away with the ball by simply tracking it better than the Colts defenders did. Right now, it doesn't look like the superstar talent is going to turn into a weekly WR1 as he learns the offense on a depth chart with other capable options, but Gordon has plenty of upside, including next Sunday night against the Chiefs.
Josh Gordon (hamstring) is officially active against the Colts.
Gordon was officially listed as questionable for tonight's game, but there was little doubt he would be active after making his team debut last Sunday. Consider Gordon a high-upside FLEX option with risk for Week 5.
Josh Gordon (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Week 5.
Gordon was limited in practice the last three days, but it would be a surprise if he's not out there tomorrow night against the Colts. Gordon's official game status will be known by 7:00 PM ET tomorrow.
Josh Gordon makes Patriots debut in Week 4 win.
Gordon caught two passes for 32 yards in a decisive 38-7 victory. New England started the season very light on the receiver depth chart, but they are suddenly loaded with Julian Edelman returning from suspension this week and Phillip Dorsett continuing to make plays. Still, the team took a chance on Gordon for a reason, and he is probably the receiver to own for the rest of the season. Consider him a high-upside FLEX until we see him play extended snaps, but Gordon will be a difficult cover for the Colts on Thursday night.
Josh Gordon (hamstring) is active; is making Patriots debut in Week 4.
Despite another week of limited practices, the former All-Pro receiver is playing for the first time in a Patriots uniform today in Foxboro against the Dolphins. Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels has said he doesn’t think Gordon will have any trouble picking up the offense, which is a good sign for his immediate playing status. Also, New England could use a receiver like Gordon taking pressure off everyone else on offense. Because of his talent and potential opportunity in one of the league’s best offenses, Gordon is immediately in the FLEX conversation—albeit one that carries risk with a low floor.
Josh Gordon (hamstring) is officially questionable for Week 4.
Gordon was again limited in practice all week, indicating he still might not be ready to go for Sunday against the Dolphins. However, the Patriots might be willing to allow the super-talented receiver to play without a full practice as they look to avoid a three-game hole in the division early in the season. The good news is the Patriots play in the 1:00 PM ET games this week, so fantasy owners won't need to wait long on Sunday to make a lineup decision.
Josh Gordon (hamstring) remains limited in practice.
The Patriots have allowed rookie Sony Michel to play on just a week of limited practices this year, but ideally Gordon will be able to get up to a full participation tomorrow. He's likely headed for another questionable tag, but we'll let you know for sure when the injury report is released tomorrow.
Josh Gordon (hamstring) remains limited in practice.
Seeing Gordon get to a full practice would give us confidence he'll play this Sunday against the Dolphins, but the good news is Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels says he doesn't think Gordon will have any trouble picking up the offense—so it sounds like he'll be used a lot when he gets into the swing of things. We'll see if Gordon can get up to a full practice tomorrow.
Josh Gordon (hamstring) is inactive for Week 3.
The Patriots debut for the ultra-talented receiver will have to wait at least one week. Gordon was limited in practice all week during his first few days in New England, and he’s learning a new playbook, so this is not a surprise. For those that were hoping to insert Tom Brady’s new target in Week 3 fantasy lineups and didn’t already have a backup plan should probably look at Phillip Dorsett, who remains the team’s No. 2 wide receiver, if he’s available.
Josh Gordon (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Week 3.
Gordon was limited in practice this week, and he has to deal with trying to pick up a new playbook, so he's no lock to play on Sunday night against the Lions. However, the Patriots aren't expecting him to pickup the entire playbook immediately, instead giving him part of the playbook that he can get the hang of and play. Overall, Gordon is a risky play this week if he's active; and if you want to play him, you'll have to have a backup plan in the Sunday night or Monday night game.
Josh Gordon (hamstring) remains limited in practice.
Limited sessions might not be enough for Gordon to make his Patriots debut this week, and it's worth noting that the Browns reportedly were unhappy with Gordon's fitness, which is apparently part of why they traded him (though he looked to be in shape on his appearance on HBO's Hard Knocks). We'll see how Gordon is listed on the official injury report when it's released tomorrow afternoon.
Josh Gordon (hamstring) was limited in practice.
This was the first practice as a Patriot for Gordon, who is reportedly expected to play on Sunday night against the Lions. It’s no lock, though, and we’ll see if he can get up to a full practice participation by Friday.
Josh Gordon is at Patriots practice, according to multiple reports.
Despite Patriots head coach Bill Belichick saying the trade for Gordon was not yet official earlier today, the team's newest receiver is out there for the first day of practice this week. Expect him to get acclimated to the offense over the next few days before playing at least some snaps on Sunday night against the Lions. Gordon is a high-risk, high-reward fantasy option for Week 3.
Bill Belichick says the Josh Gordon trade is not finalized.
The deal between the Browns and Patriots dealing Gordon to New England went across the NFL transaction wire yesterday afternoon, but Belichick says there are "terms that have to be met" before the deal is actually finalized. Belichick didn't want to get more into what has to happen for the trade to become official, and he declined to comment on Gordon as a player because he says he's not yet on the roster. Perhaps Gordon himself needs to meet some off-field benchmark, but we fully expect he'll soon be considered a member of the team. This stance by Belichick is worth keeping in mind, though, and Gordon might not be practicing today if the team isn't treating him as a member of the roster yet.
The Patriots are acquiring wide receiver Josh Gordon from the Browns.
New England saw an opportunity to acquire someone that’s arguably a top-two talent at wide receiver, and they’re taking it. Gordon is probably Tom Brady’s most talented wide receiver since Randy Moss, and we saw the type of success that pairing had during their time together. It might take some time for Gordon to get acclimated to the offense, but he has enormous WR1 potential both for this season and moving forward if he’s able to keep it together off the field and remain with the Patriots. Immediately, the Patriots might start feeding him parts of the offense so he can get out on the field for some snaps. New England essentially has two years of team control over Gordon, as the former All-Pro is set to become a restricted free agent after the season. There’s some risk in acquiring a player that’s been troubled like Gordon has, but the upside is obviously astronomical. The Browns are getting a fifth-round pick in return for their former superstar receiver.
The Browns are releasing wide receiver Josh Gordon on Monday.
Earlier today, the Browns ruled Gordon out for tomorrow's game against the Saints because of a hamstring injury after Gordon reportedly came into the team facility and said his hamstring was bothering him. The statement from GM John Dorsey released by the Browns reads: "This afternoon we informed Josh Gordon and his representatives that we are going to release him on Monday. For the past six years, the Browns have fully supported and invested in Josh, both personally and professionally and wanted the best for him, but unfortunately we've reached a point where we feel it's best to part ways and move forward. We wish Josh well." It's unclear why exactly Cleveland released him at this point, but a supremely talented receiver will now become available in a few days, and he should draw a ton of interest despite his off-field history. This move could mean the Browns could soon sign Dez Bryant, who they've been linked to for the past few weeks. Gordon wasn't really on the field for the Browns after he was taken with a second-round pick in the 2012 Supplemental Draft, but he had a monster 2013 season with a league-leading 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns while being named First Team All-Pro. You should obviously hold Gordon on your fantasy team for now and just hope he lands in a good situation with another team.
Josh Gordon (hamstring) has been ruled out for Week 2.
This one is a surprise, as the Browns suddenly decided to rule out Gordon, Seth DeValve, and Christian Kirksey with still nearly 24 hours to go until kickoff tomorrow against New Orleans. Not having Gordon is a big loss for the Browns, and rookie Antonio Callaway will have a big role opposite Jarvis Landry. The Browns have a quick turnaround for their Week 3 game on Thursday night against the Jets, so consider Gordon 50/50 for that game. Perhaps the Browns just want their guys to be ready to go for that one instead of playing them tomorrow before the short week.
Josh Gordon scores in limited action.
Gordon was said to be on a pitch count to open the year, but he overcame it with a 17-yard touchdown that tied the game in the fourth quarter. Fantasy owners that rolled with "Flash" really couldn't have expected much more, and Gordon should get more involved as soon as next Sunday's matchup with the Saints. His fantasy value will be dependent on how much he's expected to play, so keep an eye on reports during the week.
The Browns plan to get Josh Gordon around 20 snaps today, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.
Mortensen notes that the snaps would be "enough to do damage." We would bet the over on 20 snaps, but the Browns are likely to feature Gordon whenever he is on the field. Gordon is a risk in Week 1, but he obviously has a lot of upside given his talent level.
Hue Jackson says Josh Gordon will not start in Week 1.
Gordon basically missed the entire summer and did not play in any preseason games, so Jackson isn't going to insert him right into the starting lineup for the season opener against Pittsburgh. However, that doesn't mean Gordon isn't going to get a lot of playing time in Week 1. If he's in shape, Gordon is likely to be a part of the gameplan for a team that has won one game the last two seasons. Gordon should be downgraded slightly for Week 1, but he's still startable if he's active.
Josh Gordon is dealing with a tweaked hamstring.
The Browns say Gordon tweaked his hamstring during conditioning when he returned to the team last week. This comes on the same day Gordon has been officially cleared for all football activities, so it sounds like his return to the practice field will have to wait until the former All-Pro is healed from the hamstring issue. The Browns are likely to wait until Gordon is 100% before letting him come back, as they don't want this to be an issue that lingers throughout the season. With this news, Gordon's Week 1 status becomes less certain, especially if he isn't able to get on the practice field soon.
Josh Gordon has been cleared to resume all football activities.
Yesterday, the Browns said Gordon would be cleared for walk-throughs, but NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the NFL says Gordon is "cleared to return to all activities, including games." Gordon will now have a couple of weeks to practice and get ready for the season opener on September 9 against the Steelers; and there's a chance he gets some time in the team's fourth preseason game, though we don't expect that to happen. Gordon is one of the league's most talented players, so he should be able to make an immediate impact despite missing nearly the entire summer while he was away from the team.
Josh Gordon is now allowed to participate in walk-throughs.
Browns head coach Hue Jackson says Gordon is on the second stage of the program he's in. Walk-throughs are a step in the right direction, but it'd be nice if he's able to get on the practice field in a full capacity soon with the season opener for the Browns just over two weeks away. There's some talk that Gordon will need to earn his role and might not necessarily play or be a starter in Week 1, but we expect he'll be in the lineup starting if he gets back on the practice field in a near-full capacity sometime next week. The All-Pro's talent is immense, and the Browns are going to put him on the field if he's ready to go.
While Josh Gordon has returned to the Browns, he is ineligible to practice, according to Tom Pelissero.
Pelissero says it’s due to the jointly negotiated substance abuse program, and per NFL PR man Brian McCarthy, Gordon “can attend meetings, do conditioning. Can go to practice but not participate. No timetable on next step.” So, Cleveland’s superstar talent still isn’t 100% in the clear for Week 1, it would seem, and even if he is eventually cleared, he will miss more valuable time. And as always, fantasy owners need to keep Gordon’s history in mind when drafting in a couple weeks.
Josh Gordon announces he is returning to the Browns.
Gordon somewhat mysteriously stepped away from the team prior to training camp to basically make sure he was right mentally, and just as camp wraps up, the talented receiver is back. The time away might have been enough to put Gordon behind Jarvis Landry as Cleveland’s top fantasy option since he hasn’t been able to build chemistry with Tyrod Taylor and the other quarterbacks. That said, “Flash” has sky-high upside in the early-mid rounds of fantasy drafts, and those who already have him can probably breath a sigh of relief. Playing in the team’s third preseason game next week would be a slight boost to Gordon’s outlook.
Browns release statement on wide receiver Josh Gordon.
With Gordon surprisingly announcing that he would not be reporting to training camp as part of his "overall health and treatment plan," Browns GM John Dorsey released a statement reading: "We will continue to support Josh as he receives the care needed to maintain his progress. We are going to respect his privacy while he is away from the team. Josh will be placed on the non-football illness reserve list until he is ready to return." It's on Gordon when he's going to return, so now it's just a waiting game for the Browns and fantasy owners.
Josh Gordon says he will not be at the start of Browns training camp.
Gordon posted a message to Twitter reading in part: "To my Cleveland Browns and NFL family, I am reaching out to you all personally and letting you know that I am not only doing great physically but mentally as well. You will notice that I will not be in Cleveland for the start of training camp. Rest assured this too is a part of my overall health and treatment plan. I appreciate the awesome support I have received from teammates, friends, fans, and the Brown's organization. Just like you, I am excited to start the season and I have every intention of being ready and available to join my teammates soon to help bring winning football to our fans... By continuing to follow the plan set up by our medical director and his team and taking this time before this season starts, we believe it will help me maintain the progress I’ve made for not only today but for many years to come." It sounds like this might have been something that's been planned, but the fact that he says he has "every intention" of being ready indicates this could drag into the regular season. This is immediately a huge storyline to watch for both real-life and fantasy purposes, as an All-Pro receiver's status is not 100% certain and might not be for some time. We'll see if the Browns give an update on Gordon soon.
Josh Gordon says participating fully in the offseason is "a huge upside."
As you would expect, Gordon says things are a lot better when you have offseason training to get a relationship and rhythm with the quarterback and the other players. Gordon, of course, has been suspended multiple times throughout his career and hasn't had a full offseason more often than not. The former All-Pro says he feels "much better" now than he did when he was reinstated and finally able to play games toward the end of last season, saying that the offseason "definitely help me get into football shape and really build your wind up to run that many reps" and then be ready for training camp. If Gordon keeps his head on straight, he should be in tip-top shape entering the season; he offers obvious WR1 upside in fantasy drafts.
The Browns officially signed exclusive free agent Josh Gordon.
Gordon does not have accrued seasons to become a restricted or unrestricted free agent, so the Browns had exclusive rights to sign him. This was just a formality, as if Gordon was going to play this season it was going to be for Cleveland. With Tyrod Taylor and his very good deep ball ability now at quarterback for the Browns, the ultra-talented Gordon offers a lot of upside in fantasy drafts this summer. If Gordon stays out of trouble and is fully committed to football, the Browns will have quite the weapon on the outside.
Hue Jackson wants Josh Gordon to be remain on the Browns.
Jackson is speaking at the NFL Combine like the other head coaches in the league, and he said he hopes Gordon is a Brown for "a long time." The former All-Pro receiver finally got back on the field last season and showed some flashes of the elite talent he possesses, and Cleveland has him under contract still because his multiple suspensions haven't allowed him to accrue enough playing time to become an unrestricted free agent. Gordon will be back with the Browns next season unless they trade him, and he'll have massive upside if he takes the offseason to get in tip-top shape and stays out of trouble.
Josh Gordon goes over 100 yards in season finale.
Gordon caught four passes for 115 yards in the 28-24 loss to solidify Cleveland as the second 0-16 team in NFL history. In his first NFL action since 2014, the ultra-talented receiver started five games and caught 18 passes for 335 yards and one touchdown. That would have put him over 1,000 yards over a 16-game stretch, and there's reason to be excited about Gordon's fantasy prospects for the future if he can stay out of trouble. However, that's a big if, as he can basically be banned for life at any moment, so consider Gordon a risk-reward option with elite WR1 upside in 2018 fantasy drafts.
Josh Gordon catches two passes against the Bears.
As they basically have for the last two seasons, the Bears did an excellent job on an opposing team's number one receiver. Gordon was limited to 19 yards on his two receptions on a team-high eight targets in the Week 16 loss. This offseason could be a big of a shakeup in Cleveland under new GM John Dorsey, so we'll see if next week is his final game for the Browns.
Josh Gordon caught five passes for 47 yards in Sunday's loss to Baltimore.
Gordon led the team in receptions and yards, but DeShone Kizer wasn't good enough for that to mean much. Cleveland has two more chances to avoid 0-16, and Gordon is the only fantasy option that people should be confident about against the Bears on Christmas Eve. That said, Chicago has done a nice job against the opponent's number-one option this season, so fantasy owners should consider that before simply inserting Gordon into lineups.
Josh Gordon scores for the first time since 2013.
In his second game since 2014, Gordon got off to a hot start, catching two passes for 56 yards and a touchdown on Cleveland's first drive of the game. The score was on an 18-yarder to the post from the slot, and it was Gordon's first since his All-Pro 2013 season. After the opening drive, the Packers—cornerback Damarious Randall, in particular—did an excellent job of shutting Gordon down, though. Overall, he had three receptions for 69 yards and a touchdown in the loss. The freak receiver will be a very good option in fantasy lineups next week, even in a tough matchup with Baltimore.
Josh Gordon gets 11 targets in his first game since 2014.
Gordon's anticipated return finally happened, and—as promised by Browns head coach Hue Jackson—Gordon was heavily involved in the offense immediately. He was targeted 11 times in the game, catching four passes for 85 yards, with a long of 39 yards. Despite it being his first game in three years, Gordon still showcased the elite ability that made him an All-Pro in 2013. Green Bay has some good corners and did a nice job on Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson in their Week 13 win, but Gordon should be a very good option in fantasy lineups against them next week.
The Browns officially activated Josh Gordon.
Gordon was on The Commissioner’s exempt list and was able to practice over the last couple of weeks, but he’s now been added to the 53-man roster. This was just a formality, as it’s been known that Gordon would appear in his first game since 2014 on Sunday. Gordon offers both upside and risk against the Chargers for Week 13.
Browns head coach Hue Jackson says Josh Gordon will start this week.
This Sunday will be Gordon's first game since 2014, but the excitement from the Browns is evident. Jackson, when asked if Gordon will start against the Chargers, said "Are you kidding me? Yeah, he's going to start." All indications have been that Gordon will be thrown right in there and get a ton of playing time for the 0-11 Browns, so he offers monster upside as an elite talent that could be featured on offense. However, there are safer options for Week 13 considering the matchup with the Chargers and it being Gordon's first game back.
Browns head coach Hue Jackson says he has "big plans" for Josh Gordon.
Gordon will practice again with the team this week, and it'll make a couple weeks of practice before he appears in his first game since 2014 on Sunday against the Chargers. The way Jackson is talking, along with the reports of Gordon looking excellent in practice, makes it sound like Gordon will be thrown right in there with a big role in his first game. If Gordon is available in your league, he's a highly-reccomended pickup as a potential difference-maker down the stretch. He's probably best left out of lineups in Week 13, though, considering Casey Hayward and the Chargers are a tough matchup.
Josh Gordon returned to official practice today.
By all accounts, the former All-Pro receiver looked great; and Browns head coach Hue Jackson was very excited to get Gordon out there at practice. Gordon is not eligible to play until Week 13, but he'll have these couple weeks of practice to get back in the swing of things before playing against the Chargers in two Sundays. If you're looking for a home run swing as a likely fantasy playoff team, Gordon is a good pickup to stash on your bench and hope for some fireworks when he gets back in action. His talent is undeniable.
Josh Gordon is reporting to the Browns today.
Gordon isn't eligible to play until Week 13, but he's with the team and will be able to practice until then. Look for Gordon, who hasn't played in a regular season game since 2014, to get his legs back under him before his likely return on November 27. Because of his elite talent, Gordon is worth a flier in fantasy leagues.
Josh Gordon has been reinstated by the NFL on a conditional basis.
After an absence of over two years, Gordon is eligible to play football again—but there are conditions and he won't be able to play until November 27. The conditions are likely similar to those Steelers WR Martavis Bryant has to follow, but it'll be up to him to follow them and avoid a likely banishment from the league. Gordon apparently has his life in order, and the NFL buys it—otherwise, they would not have reinstated him. Cleveland is lacking in playmakers, especially with Corey Coleman hurt and Kenny Britt not panning out so far after signing with the team during the offseason, and the Browns said they are open to keeping Gordon. It’s possible the team decides to ultimately release Gordon, in which case there would probably be other teams interested in him. The former All-Pro receiver is worth a pickup in all fantasy leagues; but keep in mind he has not played since 2014 and won't be able to play until Week 13, so don’t have sky-high expectations for his impact this season.
Josh Gordon's meeting with the NFL is tomorrow, according to Adam Schefter.
Schefter previously reported the meeting was today, but he's now saying it's actually tomorrow. Teams that want to trade for Gordon won't have any answer on his reinstatement status before the 4:00 PM ET trade deadline. We're now nearing an hour until the deadline, so we'll see if Gordon remains with the Browns or if he'll be suiting up for another team in the event of reinstatement.
Josh Gordon will meet with the NFL on Tuesday.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Browns could look to trade Gordon's rights. The talented but troubled receiver is currently suspended by the NFL, and he needs to be reinstated to be eligible to play again. He came out with a feature on Uninterrupted to talk about how he abused drugs and tried to game the system while staying on the field, and it sounds like he sincerely wants to stay clean and play again. But after so many times of showing utter lack of discipline or caring, no team is going to give up premium picks for Gordon—so we'll see if someone offers a late-rounder for him.
Josh Gordon opens up about his drug issues.
Gordon took a three-day break from rehab and talked to Uninterrupted, admitting that he had major drug problems with alcohol, marijuana, Xanax, codeine, and cocaine. He said his first trip to rehab before the 2013 season was a "publicity stunt" to get the media and fans off his back, but not fix any of his issues. Gordon is around day 70 in rehab now, and he said he plans on staying for 110 days—so he has over a month to go. Currently suspended by the NFL, Gordon needs to be reinstated by Commissioner Roger Goodell, who he called a good guy and a "mentor" to him. The 2013 All Pro does seem genuine with this, but it's difficult to trust someone that hasn't been trustworthy since college. It'll be up to Goodell and the NFL to decide if they want to give Gordon another chance. He hadn't trained while in rehab and he didn't look to be in his normal great shape, but he has elite talent and would offer a ton of upside for teams. The Browns would have the opportunity to keep him on their roster if they want.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said reinstatement for Josh Gordon is "not under active consideration" as far as he knows.
Gordon can apply for reinstatement in September, but apparently nothing has reached the Commissioner's desk. The talented but troubled receiver hasn't played in an NFL game since 2014, and we shouldn't get our hopes up that he will be back on the field until it actually happens. If he never plays again, Gordon has no one to blame but himself. He still has time to change at just 26-years-old, but the one-time rising star is currently wasting away his prime years.
Josh Gordon has had his petition for reinstatement denied by the NFL, according to Tom Pelissero.
The thought was that Gordon would be reinstated, but that's apparently not the case. Perhaps his actions on social media, like essentially saying his current team, the Browns, are trash (with the use of trash emojis), contributed to the NFL's decision. Gordon will be able to appeal this fall, but he probably needs to show he's a model citizen before the NFL gives him another chance. It's a shame for the Browns, as Gordon seemed to be working hard in terms of getting in great shape. This means Corey Coleman and Kenny Britt will be the Browns' top two receivers this season; they both have upside of over 1,000 yards.
Browns Executive Vice President Sashi Brown leaves the door open for Josh Gordon to return to the team.
Brown said the team "is not in a position at wide receiver" to just turn down Josh Gordon if he's mentally right, according to Tony Grossi. After losing Terrelle Pryor in free agency, the Browns could use another playmaker in the receiving group. Perhaps Sashi Brown saw Gordon's post on Instagram—Gordon looks to be in amazing shape, and if he has his head in the right spot, he can be among the best receivers in the league. Hue Jackson sounded less optimistic about Gordon being on the team, but we'll see.
According to Dan Graziano, Josh Gordon is working with former Olympian Tim Montgomery.
Like Gordon, Montgomery has had drug issues in the past. However, Montgomery has turned his life around, so hopefully Gordon takes his advice for life in general, not just speed training. On the training side of things, if Gordon is working hard on his conditioning, speed, and athleticism, he could give defensive coordinators nightmares. Graziano reports the Browns will likely either release or trade Gordon if/when he is reinstated by the league. Gordon might be a huge wildcard in both real life and fantasy next season.
Dan Graziano reports that Josh Gordon is expected to hear back about his reinstatement application in late April or early May.
If reinstated, Gordon would potentially add a great playmaker to the Browns offense. Talent-wise, Gordon is among the elite receivers in the league. He needs to remain committed to the team, however. The Browns haven't indicated they will welcome Gordon back, but it's possible he'll have some trade value.
Josh Gordon will apply for reinstatement, according to Adam Schefter.
Gordon's business manager, Michael Johnson, said that Gordon is in the best place mentally and physically since he has entered the league. He even said that Gordon is in better shape than he was in his monster 2013 season. We hope Gordon returns and plays great; he's really fun to watch when he's at the top of his game. However, it's hard to trust someone that has had so many issues staying on the field throughout his career.