Shocking news struck the sports world on Friday night, as the NFL reinstated Josh Gordon. The troubled wide receiver was banned indefinitely by the league for violating the terms of his reinstatement.
Gordon is an incredible talent, but his issues off the field have derailed most of his career in the NFL.
Last season, the talented wideout had 40 receptions for 720 yards and three touchdowns in New England. His time with the defending champions ended on short notice due to another suspension.
While Gordon's reinstatement means he'll be eligible to play for the Patriots this season, Bill Belichick isn't ready yet to announce if he'll play.
Belichick released a statement on Gordon and his situation off the field.
"For the past eight months, Josh’s situation has been entirely a league matter," Belichick said. "When Josh returns to our program, we will evaluate the entire situation and do what we feel is best for Josh and the team."
The Patriots can use Gordon's explosiveness on offense, especially since they won't have All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski.
In order to bolster its receiving corps, New England drafted N'Keal Harry in the first round of the NFL Draft. Tom Brady still has veteran weapons to rely on, such as Julian Edelman and Demaryius Thomas.
New England opens the regular season at home against Pittsburgh. It's yet to be seen if Gordon will be active for that matchup.