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Josh Gordon Lands on the IR with a Knee Injury; Patriots Trade for Veteran Sanu

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The Patriots were dealt another big injury blow on Wednesday that will have a direct effect on their offense, as play making wide receiver Josh Gordon is done for the season with a knee injury.

The team placed Gordon on injured reserve with what they said was a left knee injury.

Gordon had been playing through the injury when he was hit and had to leave the October 10th game against the Giants at home.

At the time, Gordon injured the knee while attempting to make a tackle after a Patriots fumble. He did not take the field on Monday night when the Patriots beat up the AFC East rival New York Jets 33-0 at MetLife Stadium.

Through six games, Gordon had been starting alongside Julian Edelman and totaled 20 catches for 287 yards and one touchdown.

The 6-foot-3, 225-pounder has played in 58 regular-season games with 55 starts and totaled 240 receptions for 4,113 yards and 20 touchdowns.

It did not take the Pariots long to start to look for a replacement for Gordon, as the team made a rare NFL trade with the Atlanta Falcons for veteran receiver Mohamed Sanu.

“He’s a very experienced receiver. He’s had a lot of production,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said of Sanu. “We’re excited to have him, and we’ll see how it goes.”

It’s a big question on if the Pats will have the ability to play Sanu on Sunday when the Pats host the Browns.

Belichick said, the team is focused on getting Sanu in their game plans rather than the entire system, starting with the Pats’ plan for Sunday.

“It’s really what we’re doing this week, what the Browns do, what their coverages are, what our game plan is, what our assignments are, what adjustments do we have to make, and so forth,” Belichick said.

“You can go back and talk about things that happened earlier in the year. There’s a time for that and we certainly have a lot to catch up on.

“But most important thing for a player coming onto the team is the immediate game, the upcoming game. So we’ll focus most of our attention there.”


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