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Just days after New England dropped a winnable game at Pittsburgh due to lack of offense, the Patriots have just lost another one of Brady's favorite targets. Josh Gordon, who first announced that he would be stepping away from the Patriots and the game of football, has now been suspended by the league.
The NFL has since released a statement on the matter, stating,
“Effective today, Josh Gordon has been returned to the Reserve/Commissioner Suspended list indefinitely for violating the terms of his conditional reinstatement under the Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse”.
As many who know Josh Gordon understand, this is not his first breach of the abusing the substance policy of the NFL. Gordon has constantly tested positive for marijuana, which is on a list of banned substances, unlike other substances, such as prescription pain medication and alcohol. Josh Gordon has been a highly productive player in every year in which his talent was able to shine, and this year with New England was no different. After being released by the Cleveland Browns after being able to play just one game, Josh Gordon joined New England, registering 720 yards and 3 TDs. Gordon gave Brady the most athletic target he has had in years, since Randy Moss blessed New England with his greatness. Josh Gordon is not on the legendary “Moss” level, but his presence will be heavily missed going forward. Gordon hadn’t played more than five games in a season since 2013, and his value will be in obvious question going forward in the future.
New England has now dropped their last two games, and are lacking a consistent identity, something that has not been seen this late in the season in a long time. In addition, New England’s 5 losses is the most since the 08-09 season that saw the Pats go 10-6 heading into the postseason. That being said, New England is still a huge favorite to reach their 10th straight playoffs in a row. They won’t be receiving the first round they are used to earning, but as long as they win at least one of their last two matchups, they will be playing postseason football yet again.