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Patriots Insider Issues Update On WR Josh Gordon

Tom Brady and Josh Gordon celebrate the win over the bills

FOXBOROUGH, MA - OCTOBER 14: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots interacts with Josh Gordon #10 of the New England Patriots before a game with the Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium on October 14, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

The NFL reinstated Josh Gordon earlier this month. This afternoon, the wide receiver took another important step toward suiting up again for the New England Patriots.

Gordon took the practice field this afternoon in pads. This means he is likely ready to come off the non-football injury list and is fully cleared to rejoin the team.

ESPN Patriots insider Mike Reiss shared video of Gordon at practice.

After New England acquired Gordon via trade from the Cleveland Browns last season, he made an immediate impact.

In 11 games, Gordon caught 40 passes for 720 yards and three touchdowns, providing a downfield spark to the New England passing game. However, he was suspended by the NFL again in December, which once again put his career in jeopardy.

Still only 28, Gordon could play a major role for the Pats again in 2019. The offense needs people to step up and fill some of the production void left by Rob Gronkowski's retirement.

Gordon, Julian Edelman and Demaryius Thomas are the biggest names the Pats have at wideout, but Philip Dorsett is also back in the fold and rookies N'Keal Harry and Jakobi Meyers are competing for playing time as well.