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Patriots Players and Team Stunned Over Suspension Handed to WR Josh Gordon

It was a somber day for the Patriots, as the team was stunned and taken aback by the news that receiver Josh Gordon was suspended by the NFL yet again. Gordon violated the terms of hie reinstatement, and will be suspended indefinitely by the league.

While Gordon was not the teams’ number one wide out, he was playing well enough. Even minus him, if you use one of the for this weeks game against the Bills, the Pats remain a healthy favorite for Sunday’s affair.

As far as the news of his suspension, ESPN’s Mike Reiss reports that the Pats in general were stunned, and most of Gordon’s teammates took the news very heard. The news was given to the players during a team meeting Thursday morning.

Buzz about Gordon started after the 27-year-old former Browns receiver did not attend a voluntary early morning get together. It was just 15 minutes later that Pats head coach Bill Belichick spoke to the team and told them about Gordon’s suspension.

For the Pats, they have had to overcome a lot over the years, but it seems like this team is on the ropes a little more than usual this late in the season.

The club lost in wild fashion on the last play of the game two weeks ago against the Miami Dolphins, and then last week they only scored three second half points, 10 overall, and were defeated by the Steelers at Heniz Field, a place they usually play well and own.

Players on Thursday took the Gordon news in stride, but made it clear they really like the suspended wide receiver. One player, linebacker Kyle Van Noy told Reiss that he wants to be able to send Gordon some Super Bowl swag in a few months.

Gordon was sent to the Patriots earlier this season for a fifth-round pick, and many felt that if he could fit into the Pats system, it would be an amazing get for New England.

In 11 games for the Pats, Gordon caught 40 balls for 720 yards and three scores. He caught a history making touchdown earlier this year from Tom Brady, as he caught quarterback Brady’s 500th career TD in a win back on October 4th against the Indianapolis Colts.

The suspension didn’t come as a shock for many, as Gordon missed the 2015 and 2016 seasons due to substance-abuse violations. Gordon was reinstated in 2017. He played the final five games of the season with the Browns.

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