Josh Gordon Starts vs. Bills After Report He'd Be Disciplined for Being Late

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistOctober 29, 2018

New England Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon during an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018 in Foxborough, Mass. (Winslow Townson/AP Images for Panini)
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New England Patriots receiver Josh Gordon ended up starting Monday's game against the Buffalo Bills after previous reports suggested otherwise.

Earlier Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Gordon would be held out "about a quarter" because of tardiness. The discipline was expected to last several series before he was allowed to play for the rest of the game. Instead, Gordon caught four passes for 42 yards on six targets in the Patriots' 25-6 win.

"You have to talk to whoever wrote that," Patriots coach Bill Belichick told reporters. "I have no idea."

Gordon is likely still on a very short leash considering his history.

The former Cleveland Browns star has been suspended multiple times by the NFL and missed nearly three full seasons because of violations of the league's substance abuse policy. While he was expected to finally complete a full season in 2018 with the Browns, the team gave up on him in September when he reportedly showed up late and was "not himself," according to Mary Kay Cabot of

Team doctors had apparently thought he was "on the verge of relapsing."

After the Browns threatened to release him, he was traded to the Patriots, and he has made a positive impact.

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In five games with New England, Gordon has 17 catches for 266 yards and one touchdown. He also has 22 targets over the last three games while becoming a focal point of the offense.