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Patriots Announce WR Josh Gordon's Status For Tonight's Game

The New England Patriots acquired Josh Gordon on Monday in a trade with the Cleveland Browns. They are taking a chance on the talented wide receiver despite his off-field issues.

Unfortunately, New England fans will have to wait at least another week to see him in action. Gordon is not playing tonight.

The Patriots unveiled their list of inactives for tonight's game against the Detroit Lions. Gordon is on it.

Gordon is one of seven inactive players for New England.

Considering how detailed the Patriots' passing attack is, it is not a surprise that Gordon isn't ready for game action. He has to make sure he is prepared.

New England plays next Sunday against the Miami Dolphins in a key AFC East showdown. Gordon could see the field then, or perhaps Belichick will hold him out until Thursday Night Football against the Indianapolis Colts on Oct. 4.

The Lions and Patriots will kick off at 8:20 p.m. ET tonight.

NBC will broadcast the contest.